Definitions

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

  • n. A guilder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old currency of the Netherlands (and its overseas territory the Netherlands Antilles).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See guilder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several gold coins formerly current in Germany from the fourteenth century, and in the Low Countries from the fifteenth century: the name was afterward applied to silver coins of Germany and the Netherlands.
  • n. A former silver coin of Austria, worth 1s. 8d. English, or about 40 cents; also, a current silver coin of the kingdom of the Netherlands, of equal value. See cut in preceding column.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in Suriname; equal to 100 cents
  • n. formerly the basic unit of money in the Netherlands; equal to 100 cents

Etymologies

Middle English, from Dutch gulden (florijn), golden (florin), from Middle Dutch; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Middle Dutch (shortened from) gulden (florijn) 'golden (florin)' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The gentleman shut to the door at length, without having seen anything strange inside it; and then he talked long and low with the tradesmen, and, as his accent was different from that which August was used to, the child could distinguish little that he said, except the name of the king and the word "gulden" again and again.

    The N�rnberg Stove

  • “I, the undersigned, promise Signora Loisa Polzelli (in case I shall be disposed to marry again) to take no other for wife than the said Loisa Polzelli; and if I remain a widower, I promise the said Loisa Polzelli after my death to leave her a life pension of 300 gulden, that is 300 florins in Vienna money.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

  • The doctor's enormous hand took her bag from her, extracted the two gulden pieces, and put one in each of her hands.

    Politics 101

  • She had been warned beforehand about the two collections; she had her two guldens ready as the elders advanced down the aisle, but then her eye caught the notes in the doctor's hands -- they were almost hidden, but she thought that they were for ten gulden.

    Politics 101

  • A Dutch East India Company sailor (matroos) might earn about the same (8 or 10 gulden per month at roughly 3 gulden per real).

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • A Dutch East India Company "merchant" (coopman) might earn around 23 reals per month (70 gulden).

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • A Dutch East India Company "assistant-merchant" (ondercoopman) might earn around 13 reals per month (40 gulden).

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Florin was another word for gulden, the basic unit of Dutch currency.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Sointenly you be man with da gulden pun on dis one!

    Trombone connected 2 da cat bone - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • No, I merely extended my stock of twenty ten-gulden pieces, and threw them down upon the space “Passe” which happened to be confronting me.

    The Gambler

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.