écu

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See also: ecu, ECU, and Ecu.

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Borrowed from French écu.

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écu (plural écus)

  1. (historical) A silver coin formerly used in France, with varying values.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 260:
      The court joined in the enthusiasm, and following frequent stagings at Versailles, the king awarded de Belloy a thousand écus and a golden medallion.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French escut, inherited from Latin scūtum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Homophone: écus

Noun[edit]

écu m (plural écus)

  1. shield
  2. (historical) écu

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