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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch gulden (golden).


guilder (plural guilders)

  1. The former currency unit in the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents.
    • 1621, Orders and Articles Granted by the High and Mightie Lords the States General of the Vnited Provinces, Concerning the Erecting of a VVest Indian Companie: Together with the Priuiledges and Rights Giuen vnto the Same, [London]: [s.n.], →OCLC, clause 13:
      [N]one ſhall be choſen to be a Commiſſioner in the Court at Amſterdam, vnleſſe he put ſix thouſand gilders ſtocke of his owne in the ſaid Companie; [...]
    • 1743, [Henry Lawson], “The Manner in which Strangers Live at the Hague”, in A Description of Holland: Or, The Present State of the United Provinces. [], London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton, [], →OCLC, page 208:
      On the Spuy is a good Dutch Inn, called the Hoff van Utrecht. The Price is a Gilder a Day, or a Shilling for the Dinner only.
  2. The former currency unit in Suriname, divided into 100 cents.
  3. The current currency unit in the islands in the former Netherlands Antilles, divided into 100 cents.
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Etymology 2[edit]


guilder (plural guilders)

  1. Obsolete spelling of gilder (one who gilds)
    • 1609 December (first performance), Beniamin Ionson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Epicoene, or The Silent Woman. A Comœdie. []”, in The Workes of Beniamin Ionson (First Folio), London: [] Will[iam] Stansby, published 1616, →OCLC, Act I, scene i, page 532:
      A lady ſhould, indeed, ſtudie her face, when wee thinke ſhee ſleepes: nor, when the dores are ſhut, ſhould men bee inquiring, all is ſacred within, then. [...] you ſee guilders will not worke, but inclos'd. They muſt not diſcouer, how little ſerues, with the helpe of art, to adorne a great deale.