conto

[ kon-toh; Portuguese kawn-too ]
/ ˈkɒn toʊ; Portuguese ˈkɔn tʊ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. continuous-expansion engine,
  2. continuous-form,
  3. continuously variable transmission,
  4. continuum,
  5. continuum hypothesis,
  6. contoid,
  7. contort,
  8. contorted,
  9. contortedly,
  10. contortion

Origin of conto

1595–1605; < Portuguese < Late Latin computus reckoning, noun derivative of Latin computāre to compute; see count1

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British Dictionary definitions for conto

conto

/ (ˈkɒntəʊ, Portuguese ˈkõːtu) /

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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