American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A monetary unit and coin formerly used in Italy and Sicily.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin current in various parts of Italy during the eighteenth and nineteenthcenturies. Its value has varied slightly in different states, but has usually been about 4s. (about 96 cents). The scudo of Sardinia in 1817 was worth 4s. 0½d. (about 97 cents); of Naples, in 1818 and 1859, 4s. l½d. (about 99 cents); of the Papal States, in 1845 and 1859,4s. 4⅛d. (about $1.05). The scudo was occasionally struck in gold. The gold scudo of Pius IX. (1859) was worth 4s. 3⅛d. (about $1.03).
- n. The space inclosed within the outer rim of the bezel of a ring; also, a bezel in sense 3 , used especially for rings of classical antiquity in which there is an engraved device upon the metal itself. See bezel, 3 .
- n. The former monetary unit of Italy, Bolivia and Malta during the 18th and 19th century.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A silver coin, and money of account, used in Italy and Sicily, varying in value, in different parts, but worth about 4 shillings sterling, or about 96 cents; also, a gold coin worth about the same.
- n. A gold coin of Rome, worth 64 shillings 11 pence sterling, or about $ 15.70.
- Italian, a crown, a dollar, a shield, from Latin scutum a shield. Compare scute. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, shield, scudo, from Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The scudo also underwent fluctuations, in the market and in its weight: the so called scudo delle stampe (1595) was worth 184·2 baiocchi, that is, a little less than 2 scudi.”
“Ten bajocchi make a paolo: ten paoli make a scudo, which is an imaginary piece: two scudi make a zequine; and a French loui’dore is worth two zequines and two paoli.”
“For a decent first floor and two bed-chambers on the second, I payed no more than a scudo (five shillings) per day.”
“In silver, there is the scudo of six livres, the mezzo scudo of three; and the quarto, or pezza di trenta soldi: but all these are very scarce.”
“At some distance from the more frequented parts of the city, a man may hire a large house for thirty crowns a year: but near the center, you cannot have good lodgings, ready furnished, for less than a scudo (about five shillings) a day.”
“Taking a gold scudo, one of those dear little one-dollar pieces the Romans call _far-fálle_ (butterflies) from his pocket, he thus addressed her:”
“When he came out, he found he had half a scudo to pay for the water, half a scudo for towels, quarter of a scudo for soap, and another quarter scudo for a _buono mano_ to the bath-girl.”
“A good tree like those in my garden yields me eight _sacks of shelled fruit_ on an average every year; and a sack of walnuts fetches from a scudo to ten pauls (four shillings and sixpence) in the market.”
“The priest is received with bows at the door, and when the benediction is over he is rewarded with the gratuity of a _paul_ or a _scudo_, according to the piety and purse of the proprietor; while into the basket of his attendant is always dropped a _pagnotta_, a couple of eggs, a _baiocco_, or some such trifle.”
“Francesco, who, delighted to find out he had not killed his passenger and so lost a scudo, at once harnessed in three horses abreast to the”
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