[ ey-koo or, sometimes, ee-see-yoo ]
/ eɪˈku or, sometimes, ˈiˈsiˈyu /
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.
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a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
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Origin of ECU
E(uropean) C(urrency) U(nit), perhaps with play on écu
Definition for ECU (2 of 3)
[ ey-kyoo; French ey-ky ]
/ eɪˈkyu; French eɪˈkü /
noun, plural é·cus [ey-kyooz; French ey-ky]. /eɪˈkyuz; French eɪˈkü/.
the shield carried by a mounted man-at-arms in the Middle Ages.
any of various gold and silver coins of France, issued from the 13th through the 18th centuries, bearing the figure of a shield.
Origin of écu
1695–1705; <French; Old French escu <Latin scūtum shield
Definition for ECU (3 of 3)
English Church Union.
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British Dictionary definitions for ECU (1 of 2)
/ (ˈeɪkjuː, sometimes ˈiːˈsiːˈjuː) /
n acronym for
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
British Dictionary definitions for ECU (2 of 2)
/ (eɪˈkjuː, French eky) /
any of various former French gold or silver coins
a small shield
Word Origin for écu
C18: from Old French escu, from Latin scūtum shield
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