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.
Other definitions for écu (2 of 3)
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.
Other definitions for E.C.U. (3 of 3)
English Church Union.
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How to use ECU in a sentence
Fifty thousand gold ecus are promised to whomsoever will deliver the said Sieur of Coligny, dead or alive.The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer | Eugne Sue
Leonardo was given a pension of seven ecus de France per year and a residence near Amboise.Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country | Francis Miltoun
Panurge then, without any more ado, threw a large leathern purse stuffed with gold crowns (ecus au soleil) among them.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. | Francois Rabelais
You and your soldiers had taken more than fifty ecus worth of forage from me, as well as a cow and two sheep.Original Short Stories of Maupassant, Volume 1 | Guy de Maupassant
It is believed their loss was more than thirty millions of ecus.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete | Duc de Saint-Simon
British Dictionary definitions for ECU (1 of 2)
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 écu (2 of 2)
any of various former French gold or silver coins
a small shield
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