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doubloon

[duh-bloon]
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noun
  1. a former gold coin of Spain and Spanish America, originally equal to two escudos but fluctuating in value.
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Origin of doubloon

1615–25; < Spanish doblón, equivalent to dobl(a) dobla + -ón augmentative suffix
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Related Words

piece, money, cash, currency, dough, jack, scratch, gold, chips, silver, change, bread, copper, specie, doubloon, mintage, coinage

Examples from the Web for doubloon

Historical Examples

  • Allow me to examine you likewise, and I will give you a doubloon.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Whoever had drawn the map had called the peninsula "Doubloon Spit."

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • What then should there be in this doubloon of the Equator that is so killing wonderful?

  • It so chanced that the doubloon of the Pequod was a most wealthy example of these things.

  • As the black paddled me on shore, I asked him if he would like to obtain a doubloon.

    The Two Supercargoes

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for doubloon

doubloon

dobln

noun
  1. a former Spanish gold coin
  2. (plural) slang money
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish doblón, from dobla
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Word Origin and History for doubloon

n.

1620s, from French doublon (16c.) and directly from Spanish doblon a gold coin, augmentative of doble "double" (coin so called because it was worth twice as much as the Spanish gold pistole), from Latin duplus "double" (see double (adj.)). Also see -oon.

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