duc·​at | \ ˈdə-kət How to pronounce ducat (audio) \

Definition of ducat

1 : a former European usually gold coin

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There it was purchased by the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II for 12,000 golden ducats, becoming part of the Imperial collection. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Man Among Gods," 21 Sep. 2018 Thomas Sharplisse, a tailor, won first prize and the Virginia Company was a big winner, too, raising some 60,000 ducats. John Butman And Simon Targett, BostonGlobe.com, "How the Pilgrims learned marketing," 18 Mar. 2018 The owner came out a winner, too, claiming a $75,000 prize for selling the lucky ducat. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Winner of $560 million lottery says she made a 'huge mistake'," 6 Feb. 2018 From $175 ducats to $10K sponsorships, 3,000 revelers beelined for the chic, sold-out soiree benefiting the exhibition and education programs at SFMOMA. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fog Design + Art rolls in with gala, tributes and bowling," 16 Jan. 2018 Tickets to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival sold out in four hours and 15 minutes — a leisurely pace compared to 2016, when every ducat was purchased within 67 minutes. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The canary in the beer festival: is San Diego declining as a beer powerhouse?," 10 Oct. 2017 Shylock, the most infamous moneylender in literature, has just discovered that his daughter has absconded with his ducats to elope with a mercenary Christian. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A Flock of Shylocks Transforms ‘Merchant of Venice’," 25 Sep. 2017 Some $35-$40 tickets remain, plus $200 Eagles meet-and-greet ducats, with preshow mingling privileges, an open bar, and BBQ by hotshot chef Marc Vetri. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Poor Connor Barwin! The former Eagle is missing The War On Drugs at his own benefit concert," 19 Sep. 2017 Rudolph II of Germany purchased the book for 600 gold ducats, believing that it had been written by the 13th-century English scientist Roger Bacon. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Here’s What You Need to Know About the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ducat

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ducat

Middle English, from Middle French, from Old Italian ducato coin with the doge's portrait on it, from duca doge, from Late Greek douk-, doux leader, from Latin duc-, dux

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