simoleon

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See also: Simoleon and Simolean

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Etymology[edit]

Most commonly accepted theory: late 19th century macaronic blend of simon (dollar), from simon (sixpence coin) (17th-century British slang), and Napoleon (French gold coin worth 20 francs, bearing the image of Napoleon III). Perhaps from New Orleans. Also see simony.

Noun[edit]

simoleon (plural simoleons)

  1. (US, slang) One dollar.
    That'll cost you five simoleons.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, Hygeia at the Solito
      "T'ought I was lyin' about the money, did ye? Well, you can frisk me if you wanter. Dat's the last simoleon in the treasury. Who's goin' to pay?"
    • 1909, The International Bookbinder - Volume 10, page 240:
      Another brother working in an Alabama city has not sent a cold simolean or any long green since January; he has ignored several letters, but at last a registered letter found him O.K. and working.
    • 1912, Delta Chi Quarterly - Volume 10, page 286:
      We gladly did so with the result that we got a menu worth a dollar and a half or two dollars for a single simolean. Can you beat that?
    • 1983, Newsweek - Volume 101, page 178:
      Abetted by market-wise agents and paperback publishers with an eye for the speedy simolean, these double-gaited gonzos are perpetrating a plague of best-selling takeoffs of innocent newspapers, defenseless magazines, helpless self-help books - even the Good Book itself.

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