Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An old Portuguese coin of gold or silver having a cross pictured on the reverse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Obsolete spelling of cruzado.
  • n. Crusade

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old Portuguese coin, worth about seventy cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A crusade.
  • n. A bull issued by the pope urging a crusade, promising immediate entrance into heaven to those who died in the service, and many indulgences to those who survived.
  • n. A money and coin of Portugal. The old crusado, now a mere name, was 400 reis, or 43 United States cents.

Etymologies

Portuguese, from past participle of cruzar, to mark with a cross, from cruz, cross, from Latin crux, cruc-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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