ban·​co | \ ˈbaŋ(ˌ)kō, -aiŋ- \

Definition of banco

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


noun (1)
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plural -s

Definition of banco (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of banco (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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History and Etymology for banco


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 12 May. 2021.

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