American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various gold coins formerly used in certain European countries.
- n. Slang A piece of money.
- n. Slang An admission ticket.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gold coin of varying form and value, formerly in use in several European countries. A ducat was first issued in Apulia, about the middle of the twelfth century, by the Norman duke Roger II. In 1283 a gold ducat was struck in Venice, but the piece was afterward called a zecchino (sequin), the ducat becoming only a money of account. (See def. 2.) The earliest gold coins of Germany seem to have been called ducats, and this name was applied to German gold coins of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Gold coins called ducats were also issued in the Netherlands, in Hungary, and elsewhere. The value of the ducat varied but little, the coin usually containing from 3.42 to 3.44 grams of fine gold, worth from $2.27 to $2.32.
- n. An old money of account in the Venetian republic.
- n. plural Money; cash.
- n. An Austrian weight for gold, which has been determined by Vienna authorities to be 3.490896 grams. This unit is supposed to have been derived through the Jews from the Ptolemaic drachma of 3.56 grams.
- n. historical A gold coin minted by various European nations.
- n. Money in general.
- n. A dollar (and, by extension, a eurodollar).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A coin, either of gold or silver, of several countries in Europe; originally, one struck in the dominions of a duke.
- n. formerly a gold coin of various European countries
- From Old French ducat, from Medieval Latin ducatus, from oblique stem of dux ("duke; leader"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Old Italian ducato, from Medieval Latin ducātus, duchy (a word used on one of the early ducats); see duchy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then a little steel ring shifted suddenly, flinging aside the coined ducat, and a fresh gold piece took its place.”
“A ducat was a gold piece of the size of an old French louis, though less thick.”
“It is not like some $25 ducat for a small local event.”
“I had let my family and Twitter know of my quest ahead of time, just in case I was never heard from again, and with a final push I purchased my ducat with trembling fingers, slipped through the narrow turnstile...”
“Consequently, while her owners were tight enough with the ducat to outfit her with second-hand gear, they were wise enough to scrounge the very best of second-hand gear.”
“As if such things could be ordered up a ducat the dozen!”
“For he does not hesitate, perhaps, to venture a ducat, but if it is proposed to stake ten, he immediately becomes aware of the possibility of his being mistaken–a possibility which has hitherto escaped his observation.”
“Sometimes it turns out that his persuasion may be valued at a ducat, but not at ten.”
“For weeks I thought of mentioning it to my son who lives in Somerville and is a big fan but--his gf is a big fan too and I didn't want to see sweethearts scrapping over a single ducat.”
“She was aided by her father-in-law who was reluctant to give her 200,000 ducat dowry.”
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