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

  • n. Any of various gold coins formerly used in certain European countries.
  • n. Slang A piece of money.
  • n. Slang An admission ticket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gold coin minted by various European nations.
  • n. Money in general.
  • n. A dollar (and, by extension, a eurodollar).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coin, either of gold or silver, of several countries in Europe; originally, one struck in the dominions of a duke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gold coin of varying form and value, formerly in use in several European countries.
  • 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.

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

  • n. formerly a gold coin of various European countries


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)
From Old French ducat, from Medieval Latin ducatus, from oblique stem of dux ("duke; leader"). (Wiktionary)



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