Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various old French coins, especially a silver five-franc piece.

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  • noun historical A silver coin formerly used in France, with varying values.

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French escu, from Latin scūtum, shield (from the shield stamped on the coin); see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French écu.

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