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

  • n. The standard unit of value of a currency, as the dollar in the United States or the peso in Mexico.

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  • n. A standard unit of a currency, of which the value of coins or notes are multiples

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the standard of a national currency, as the dollar in the United States, the pound in England, the peso in Mexico, the ruble in Russia, the franc in France, the mark in Germany. Also, the standard of an international currency, such as the euro used in the European union.

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

  • n. a unit of money


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  • The ducat was coined in the papal mint from the year 1432; it was a coin of Venetian origin that circulated with the florin, which, in 1531, was succeeded by the scudo, a piece of French origin that remained the monetary unit of the Pontifical States.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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