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of a coin, note, or unit of value
: issued or used by a bank at the time of a depreciated government currency
a 19th century Swedish skilling banco denomination
a banco taler


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noun (1)

plural -s
: an announcement by a bettor in certain gambling games (such as baccarat or chemin-de-fer) signifying that the bettor elects to accept alone the entire sum offered by the banker to meet the bets of all bettors
often used interjectionally


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noun (2)

plural -s
: a portion of the floodplain or channel of a river cut off and left dry by the shifting of its course

Word History



Italian, money of account, bank, bench, variant of banca bank, bench

Noun (1)

French, from Italian, total sum offered by the banker in a gambling game, from banco bank, bench

Noun (2)

Spanish, sandbar, bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bank bench

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“Banco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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