noun, plural é·cus [ey-kyooz; French ey-ky] /eɪˈkyuz; French eɪˈkü/.
Origin of écu
Definition for ecu (2 of 3)
Origin of ECU
Definition for ecu (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for ecu
From ecu you have ecuyer;—from scutum scutiger, both passing into our English squire.The Eagle's Nest|John Ruskin
They drank their coffees, gave an ecu to the proprietor, and went out.Moorish Literature|Anonymous
In which sport she was so taken up with her hands, that she forgot to cheat, and Denys won an "ecu au soleil" of her.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for ecu (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for ecu (2 of 2)
Word Origin for écu
Word Origin and History for ecu
old French silver coin, 1704, from French écu, from Old French escu (12c.) "shield, coat of arms," also the name of a coin, from Latin scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)). First issued by Louis IX (1226-1270); so called because the shield of France was imprinted on them.