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écu

1

[ ey-kyoo; French ey-ky ]

noun

, plural é·cus [ey-, kyooz, ey-, ky].
  1. the shield carried by a mounted man-at-arms in the Middle Ages.
  2. any of various gold and silver coins of France, issued from the 13th through the 18th centuries, bearing the figure of a shield.


ECU

2

[ ey-kooor, sometimes, ee-see-yoo ]

noun

  1. a former money of account of the European Common Market that was used in international finance until the euro was adopted and was based on the combined prorated values of the currencies of member nations.

E.C.U.

3

abbreviation for

  1. English Church Union.

écu

1

/ eky; eɪˈkjuː /

noun

  1. any of various former French gold or silver coins
  2. a small shield


ECU

2

/ ˈiːˈsiːˈjuː; ˈeɪkjuː /

acronym for

  1. European Currency Unit: a former unit of currency based on the composite value of several different currencies in the European Union and functioning as both the reserve asset and the accounting unit of the European Monetary System; replaced by the euro in 1999

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Word History and Origins

Origin of écu1

1695–1705; < French; Old French escu < Latin scūtum shield

Origin of écu2

E(uropean) C(urrency) U(nit), perhaps with play on écu ( def )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of écu1

C18: from Old French escu, from Latin scūtum shield

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Example Sentences

From ecu you have ecuyer;—from scutum scutiger, both passing into our English squire.

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.

They drank their coffees, gave an ecu to the proprietor, and went out.

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