The piètres, or lame rogues, paid half an écu, and walked with crutches.
In which sport she was so taken up with her hands, that she forgot to cheat, and Denys won "écu au soleil" of her.
Then taking a little leathern purse from his breast, he slipped an écu into the mountaineer's hand.
old French silver coin, 1704, from French écu, from Old French escu (12c.) "shield, coat of arms," also the name of a coin, from Latin scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)). First issued by Louis IX (1226-1270); so called because the shield of France was imprinted on them.