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[sol-doh; Italian sawl-daw] /ˈsɒl doʊ; Italian ˈsɔl dɔ/
noun, plural soldi
[sol-dee; Italian sawl-dee] /ˈsɒl di; Italian ˈsɔl di/ (Show IPA)
a former copper coin of Italy, the twentieth part of a lira, equal to five centesimi.
Origin of soldo
1590-1600; < Italian < Latin solidum; see sol2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Is it not for her that he has been in prison, and that he has left my mamma without a soldo in the house?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It takes a soldo to get in, and Luigi has but few of them, but he is always there.

  • It is as though a soldo and a flower fell from your hand together.

    Cuore (Heart) Edmondo De Amicis
  • The few who have escaped have been brought to Catania naked, without a soldo.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Indeed, before leaving me he had remarked that he was almost without a soldo.

    The Count's Chauffeur William Le Queux
  • If you come into his market—well, I'd not give a soldo for your skin.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • Stay; let us exchange; I will take another bunch and you shall pay the man for it one soldo.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Marco vows on the bones of his mother that the master has not one soldo left in the bag.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The gold solidus, a name which gave birth to the Spanish and Italian soldo and the French sol.

  • Among the coin he tendered was a gold piece deficient in value by the amount of half a soldo.

    Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2 Ferdinand Gregorovius
British Dictionary definitions for soldo


/ˈsɒldəʊ; Italian ˈsoldo/
noun (pl) -di (-diː; Italian) (-di)
a former Italian copper coin worth one twentieth of a lira
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from Late Latin solidum a gold coin; see soldier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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