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[dar-ik] /ˈdær ɪk/
a gold coin and monetary unit of ancient Persia.
Origin of daric
1560-70; < Greek Dāreikós (statḗr) (Persian stater) of Darius Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • From one daric to one daric and a half per month, $5 to $7.50.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • The dispute was about a claim which amounted nearly to the thirtieth part of a daric.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • daric—A Persian gold coin, valued one pound, twelve shillings, three pence.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The daric is mentioned in several Biblical books that were written after the beginning of the Persian period.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • daric, a gold coin current in ancient Persia, stamped with an archer kneeling, and weighing little over a sovereign.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The daric was a Persian gold coin, generally supposed to have derived its name from Darius I.; but others think this doubtful.

  • He could guarantee that each soldier should receive a daric a month as pay, the officers double pay, and the generals quadruple.

    Anabasis Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for daric


a gold coin of ancient Persia Compare siglos
Word Origin
C16: from Greek Dareikos, probably after Darius I
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