duc·​at ˈdə-kət How to pronounce ducat (audio)
: a former European usually gold coin

Examples of ducat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The winning ducat was purchased at Midway Market & Liquor in Frazier Park, Calif., some 75 miles north of Los Angeles, Powerball officials reported. Brian Dakss, CBS News, 12 Oct. 2023 The $46 standing room only ducat will fit your needs. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 Ticket Manager Marsh Ryman reports that the football ducat sale is the highest since the start of the war. Star Tribune, 24 Oct. 2020 From friends, or from their company, or maybe the sweet ducats just floated down from the sky. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 24 Oct. 2019 American Express card holders, however, have early access to ducats, during a presale that runs from 10 a.m. Sept. 15 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 10 Sep. 2019 And the top winner will receive ducats to all those, plus (by our count) over 40 others in this sweepstakes presented by Chase. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 28 Aug. 2019 All 15,000 attendees at Honolulu Stadium on New Year's Day 1949 would have been reluctant to surrender their tickets to the Pineapple Bowl, so beautiful were those die-cut ducats shaped like the tropical plant. Steve Rushin, SI.com, 12 Sep. 2019 The decision to dump the paper ducats, said Glen Thornborough, the chief revenue officer on Causeway Street, came after some three years of weighing the pluses and minuses of the digital ticket age. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ducat was in the 14th century

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“Ducat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ducat. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


duc·​at ˈdək-ət How to pronounce ducat (audio)
: a former gold coin of various European countries

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