Definitions

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

  • noun The primary unit of currency in the Netherlands before the adoption of the euro.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gold coin formerly current in the Netherlands and in Germany.
  • noun Now, a Dutch silver coin of the value of 1s. 8d. English, or about 40 cents. Also called gulden and florin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Dutch silver coin worth about forty cents; -- called also florin and gulden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The former currency unit in the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents.
  • noun The former currency unit in Suriname, divided into 100 cents.
  • noun The current currency unit in the islands in the former Netherlands Antilles, divided into 100 cents.
  • noun rare gilder

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English gilder, alteration of Middle Dutch gulden, golden; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Praying for Mr. Fugger and his descendants to enter the Pearly Gates is a condition for living here, at an annual rent of 1 Rhein guilder, the same as in 1520.

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  • The Netherlands aren't about to demand the immediate return of the guilder, either.

    Euro Doesn't Fly With all the Voters

  • The Netherlands' previous currency, the guilder, was linked to Germany's Deutsch mark for decades before the introduction of the euro, effectively tying monetary policies between the Netherlands and Germany.

    Dutch Official Enters Race to Lead Europe's Bank

  • Joelle, a younger restaurant manager, is half-prepared to accept a return to the guilder, however.

    The euro was conceived 20 years ago today, but now even Maastricht questions its survival

  • Mr. Fritsen says he doesn't support the anti-Islamic views of the Freedom Party, but he does support its call to return to the guilder, the Dutch national currency that the euro replaced.

    Doubts Arise in Euro's Birthplace

  • Everyone is afraid that there's going to be a test and they'll need to know that Pablo Picasso's father bore a strong resemblance to Edgar Degas, that Nicolas Poussin despised Caravaggio, that the third centurion to the left in the Rembrandt crucifixion scene was a dead ringer for Ignaas van der Hoeven, a baker who once stiffed the artist out of 50 guilder.

    Three Tips for Surviving the Art Museum

  • I looked into the breast pockets, and finally found it safely tucked into my sleeve pocket, where always I kept some coins and a 10–guilder note for the bus in case my bicycle tire ran out of air.

    Nomad

  • I looked into the breast pockets, and finally found it safely tucked into my sleeve pocket, where always I kept some coins and a 10–guilder note for the bus in case my bicycle tire ran out of air.

    Nomad

  • I looked into the breast pockets, and finally found it safely tucked into my sleeve pocket, where always I kept some coins and a 10–guilder note for the bus in case my bicycle tire ran out of air.

    Nomad

  • He was landed from the boat, within half a mile of the castle, and rewarded his rowers with a guilder, to their great satisfaction.

    Quentin Durward

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