escudo

noun

es·​cu·​do i-ˈskü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce escudo (audio)
plural escudos
1
: any of various former gold or silver coins of Hispanic countries
2
a
: the basic monetary unit of Portugal from 1910 to 2001
b
: the basic monetary unit of Cape Verde see Money Table
3
: the basic monetary unit of Chile from 1960 to 1975

Word History

Etymology

Spanish & Portuguese, literally, shield, from Latin scutum

First Known Use

circa 1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of escudo was circa 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Escudo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escudo. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

escudo

noun

es·​cu·​do is-ˈküd-ō How to pronounce escudo (audio)
plural escudos
1
: the formerly used basic unit of money of Portugal
2
: a coin representing one escudo

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