es·​cu·​do | \ i-ˈskü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce escudo (audio) \
plural escudos

Definition of escudo

1 : any of various former gold or silver coins of Hispanic countries
2a : 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

First Known Use of escudo

circa 1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for escudo

Spanish & Portuguese, literally, shield, from Latin scutum

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“Escudo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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