Definitions

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  • n. An old Italian silver coin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An Italian silver coin. The testoon of Rome is worth 1s. 3d. sterling, or about thirty cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as teston.

Etymologies

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Italian testone. See tester a coin.

Examples

  • But he, the young chief of the O'Bergan's, could ill brook to be outdone in generous deeds but gave therefor with gracious gesture a testoon of costliest bronze.

    Ulysses

  • Do they not more regard now a testoon than Christ?

    Sermons on the Card

  • How many be there, think ye, which regard this supper of the Lord as much as a testoon?

    Sermons on the Card

  • You may judge of 'the affluence the nobility live in, when I assure you, that what the chief princes allow for their own eating is a testoon a day; eighteen pence: there are some extend their expense to five pauls, or half a crown: Cardinal Albani is called extravagant for laying out ten pauls for his dinner and supper.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 1

  • If there were a proclamation made in this town, that whosoever would come unto the church at such an hour, and there go to the communion with the curate, should have a testoon; when such a proclamation were made, I think, truly, all the town would come and celebrate the communion to get a testoon: but they will not come to receive the body and blood of Christ, the food and nourishment of their souls, to the augmentation and strength of their faith!

    Sermons on the Card

  • But he, the young chief of the O’Bergan’s, could ill brook to be outdone in generous deeds but gave therefor with gracious gesture a testoon of costliest bronze.

    Ulysses

  • 'remuneration' means a _testern_, which is just sixpence; and two remunerations, therefore, a testoon, or one shilling.

    The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey—Vol. 1 With a Preface and Annotations by James Hogg

  • The fact of the _testoon_ of later times having been so named, certainly adds weight to the opinion of Wachter. "

    Notes and Queries, Number 35, June 29, 1850 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

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  • See teston (and tester).

    June 29, 2010