noun, plural cen·tos.

  1. a piece of writing, especially a poem, composed wholly of quotations from the works of other authors.
  2. anything composed of incongruous parts; conglomeration.
  3. Obsolete. a patchwork.


  1. a former organization (1959–79) for economic and military cooperation, established as successor to the Baghdad Pact, and comprising Great Britain, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. The U.S. had affiliate status.

noun plural -tos

  1. a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors

n acronym for

  1. Central Treaty Organization; an organization for military and economic cooperation formed in 1959 by the UK, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey as a successor to the Baghdad Pact: disbanded 1979

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