[ duh-bloon ]
/ dʌˈblun /


a former gold coin of Spain and Spanish America, originally equal to two escudos but fluctuating in value.

Nearby words

  1. doubleton,
  2. doubletree,
  3. doubleword,
  4. double‐click,
  5. doubling,
  6. doublure,
  7. doubly,
  8. doubly armed suture,
  9. doubs,
  10. doubt

Origin of doubloon

1615–25; < Spanish doblón, equivalent to dobl(a) dobla + -ón augmentative suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doubloon



/ (dʌˈbluːn) /


a former Spanish gold coin
(plural) slang money

Word Origin for doubloon

C17: from Spanish doblón, from dobla

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Word Origin and History for doubloon



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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