[ duhk-uh t ]
/ ˈdʌk ət /


any of various gold coins formerly issued in various parts of Europe, especially that first issued in Venice in 1284.Compare sequin(def 2).
any of various silver coins formerly issued in various parts of Europe.
Slang. a ticket to a public performance.
ducats, Slang. money; cash.

Origin of ducat

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Old Italian ducato < Medieval Latin ducātus duchy; probably so called from the L words dux or ducātus, which formed part of the legends of such coins
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British Dictionary definitions for ducat

/ (ˈdʌkət) /


any of various former European gold or silver coins, esp those used in Italy or the Netherlands
(often plural) any coin or money

Word Origin for ducat

C14: from Old French, from Old Italian ducato coin stamped with the doge's image, from duca doge, from Latin dux leader
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