ecu

noun (1)
\ ˈā-ˌkyü How to pronounce ecu (audio) , ā-ˈkᵫ How to pronounce ecu (audio) \
plural ecus\ ˈä-​ˌkyüz How to pronounce ecu (audio) , ā-​ˈkᵫz \

Definition of ecu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various old French units of value also : a coin representing an ecu

ecu

noun (2), often capitalized E&C&U
\ ˌē-(ˌ)sē-ˈyü How to pronounce ecu (audio) \

Definition of ecu (Entry 2 of 2)

: a money of account based on the currency units of members of the European Union from 1979 up to the introduction of the euro in 1999

First Known Use of ecu

Noun (1)

circa 1593, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecu

Noun (1)

Middle French, literally, shield, from Old French escu, from Latin scutum; from the device of a shield on the coin — more at esquire

Noun (2)

European Currency Unit (influenced by French écu ecu)

Learn More About ecu

Dictionary Entries Near ecu

ectype

ecu

Ecua

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ecu

Cite this Entry

“Ecu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecu. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on ecu

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ecu

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!