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louis d'or

[loo-ee dawr; French lwee dawr] /ˌlu i ˈdɔr; French lwi ˈdɔr/
noun, plural louis d'or
[loo-eez dawr; French lwee dawr] /ˌlu iz ˈdɔr; French lwi ˈdɔr/ (Show IPA)
a former gold coin of France, issued from 1640 to 1795; pistole.
Also called louis.
Origin of louis d'or
1680-90; < French: literally, louis of gold; named after Louis XIII Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for louis d'or
Historical Examples
  • I would give a couple of louis d'or for a moment of the bustle of Paris.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • This was the louis d'or which she had put by, and which she kept so carefully.

    Moral Tales Madame Guizot
  • The King thanked the singer, and presented him with ten louis d'or.

  • The postilion laughed with delight, at the thought of the louis d'or.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • Mamma, but did you not tell us that you never play; will you give us a louis d'or for that?

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • For this play the writer received one hundred and fifty louis d'or.

  • In one end of the purse there were fifteen louis d'or, and in the other some small change.

    The Purse Honore de Balzac
  • I cannot allow you to take all of this money—only one-half; only three louis d'or.

  • In 1689 both silver and gold were again raised, the louis d'or to 11 livres 12 sols.

  • At the time of the erection of the bank, 2nd May 1716, there were four species of louis d'or and three of louis d'argent.

British Dictionary definitions for louis d'or

louis d'or

/ˌluːɪ ˈdɔː; French lwi dɔr/
noun (pl) louis d'or (ˌluːɪz ˈdɔː; French) (lwi dɔr)
a former French gold coin worth 20 francs
an old French coin minted in the reign of Louis XIII
Often shortened to louis
Word Origin
C17: from French: golden louis, named after Louis XIII
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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