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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
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  • But for a work of obvious and vital necessity, such as that of the strengthening of the Murazzi, it has not a soldo to spare.

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

  • One day found him, at the beginning of winter, without work, and without a soldo in his pocket.

  • The few who have escaped have been brought to Catania naked, without a soldo.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • When I give a soldo to a beggar, and he says to me, “God preserve your health, and the health of all belonging to you!”

    Cuore (Heart) Edmondo De Amicis
  • If you come into his market—well, I'd not give a soldo for your skin.

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

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • At the low price of a soldo you may choose your own portion of the hideous dainty, warm it in the water and devour it on the spot.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
  • Their average play was one soldo or penny, the minimum bet half a soldo, and the high four soldi.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
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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