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[French goord; English goo rd] /French gurd; English gʊərd/
noun, plural gourdes
[French goord; English goo rdz] /French gurd; English gʊərdz/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Each of our drinks came to one "gourde," rather cheap for brandy.

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

    Haiti J. Dryden Kuser
British Dictionary definitions for gourde


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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