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[French goord; English goo rd]
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noun, plural gourdes [French goord; English goo rdz] /French gurd; English gʊərdz/.
  1. a paper money and monetary unit of Haiti, equal to 100 centimes. Abbreviation: G., Gde.

Origin of gourde

1855–60; < French, noun use of feminine of gourd dull, slow, heavy < Latin gurdus dull, obtuse
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Examples from the Web for gourde

Historical Examples

  • Each of our drinks came to one "gourde," rather cheap for brandy.

    The Story of a Strange Career


  • The national standard coin of Haiti is a gourde, which is worth 20 cents in American money.


    J. Dryden Kuser

British Dictionary definitions for gourde


  1. the standard monetary unit of Haiti, divided into 100 centimes

Word Origin

C19: from French, feminine of gourd heavy, from Latin gurdus a stupid person
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