[kon-toh; Portuguese kawn-too]

noun, plural con·tos [kon-tohz; in Portugal kawn-too sh; in Brazil kawn-too s] /ˈkɒn toʊz; in Portugal ˈkɔn tʊʃ; in Brazil ˈkɔn tʊs/.

a money of account of Portugal and Cape Verde, equal to 1000 escudos.
a former money of account in Portugal and Brazil equal to 1000 milreis.

Origin of conto

1595–1605; < Portuguese < Late Latin computus reckoning, noun derivative of Latin computāre to compute; see count1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for conto


noun plural -tos (-təʊz, Portuguese -tuʃ)

a former Portuguese monetary unit worth 1000 escudos
an unofficial Brazilian monetary unit worth 1000 cruzeiros (now replaced by the real)

Word Origin for conto

C17: from Portuguese, from Late Latin computus calculation, from computāre to reckon, compute; see count 1
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