from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A former French money of account worth 20 sous, or a franc. It was thus called in distinction from the Paris livre, which contained 25 sous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of Tours: an epithet used only in livre tournois, an old French money of account, worth 20 sous, or about 9½ d. sterling, or 19 United States cents—the value of the livre parisis being 25 sous.


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  • Gardener Martin Beguin was paid 90 livres tournois for the same two-year period, and laborers Clément Morel and Guillaume Morel got 75 livres tournois.

    Champlain's Dream

  • He sold some of his landed property in the seigneury of Puy-du-Fou and obtained a capital of 29,416 écus or 88,248 livres tournois in liquid assets, a large sum by the standards of that age.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Three livres tournois comparable to English pounds equalled one écu.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The coins most commonly found at archaeological sites in Quebec have been the copper double tournois, the copper douzain, the billon douzain, the copper liard, and the silver quatre sols.

    Champlain's Dream

  • On the voyage that founded Quebec in 1608, “Gentlemen” were paid 500 livres tournois for two years.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Her new master and mistress promised to pay a salary of thirty livres tournois each year, and to advance money to outfit her according to her station.

    Champlain's Dream

  • In general 1 silver écu equalled 3 livres tournois a money of account, or about 6 English silver shillings in 1619; for monetary values, see Frank C. Spooner.

    Champlain's Dream

  • To the Master Armorer, for a complete harness for the said Pucelle, 100 livres tournois....

    Archive 2008-02-24

  • It is noted in his accounts: "Hauves Poulnoir (Hamish Power), banner painter of Tours, is to create for The Maid, on 'baillé' (burlap) fabric a large standard and small pennon, at the cost of 25 livre tournois."

    Archive 2008-02-24

  • The absolution of an apostate and a vagabond, who wishes to return into the pale of the Church, costs twelve tournois, three ducats, six carlins.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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