ducat

[ duhk-uht ]
/ ˈdʌk ət /

noun

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.

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Origin of ducat

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Old Italian ducato, from Medieval Latin ducātus “duchy,” probably so called from the Latin words dux or ducātus, which formed part of the legends of such coins; cf. duchy
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British Dictionary definitions for ducat

ducat
/ (ˈdʌkət) /

noun

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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