Definitions

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  • n. A silver French coin worth a quarter of an écu.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quarter of a crown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A quarter-crown (quart d'écu), an old French silver coin. The weight of the specimen represented in the above cut is 146 grains.

Etymologies

From French quart d'écu ‘quarter of an écu’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And when he changed a teston, cardecu, or any other piece of money, the changer had been more subtle than a fox if Panurge had not at every time made five or six sols (that is, some six or seven pence,) vanish away invisibly, openly, and manifestly, without making any hurt or lesion, whereof the changer should have felt nothing but the wind.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Sir, for a cardecu he will sell the fee-simple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually.

    Act IV. Scene III. All’s Well that Ends Well

  • ` ` None of note enough to be put to ransom, '' answered the Captain; ` ` a set of hilding fellows there were, whom we dismissed to find them a new master --- enough had been done for revenge and profit; the bunch of them were not worth a cardecu.

    Ivanhoe

  • And when he changed a teston, cardecu, or any other piece of money, the changer had been more subtle than a fox if

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 2

  • Captain; “a set of hilding fellows there were, whom we dismissed to find them a new master — enough had been done for revenge and profit; the bunch of them were not worth a cardecu.

    Ivanhoe

  • "None of note enough to be put to ransom," answered the Captain; "a set of hilding fellows there were, whom we dismissed to find them a new master -- - enough had been done for revenge and profit; the bunch of them were not worth a cardecu.

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • "None of note enough to be put to ransom," answered the Captain; "a set of hilding fellows there were, whom we dismissed to find them a new master -- enough had been done for revenge and profit; the bunch of them were not worth a cardecu.

    Ivanhoe

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