[ e-skoo-doh; Portuguese es-koo-doo; Spanish es-koo-thaw ]

noun,plural es·cu·dos [e-skoo-dohz; Portuguese es-koo-doos; Spanish es-koo-thaws]. /ɛˈsku doʊz; Portuguese ɛsˈku dʊs; Spanish ɛsˈku ðɔs/.
  1. a coin and monetary unit of Cape Verde, equal to 100 centavos.

  2. a former coin and monetary unit of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique.

  1. a former paper money and monetary unit of Chile, equal to 100 condors or 1000 pesos, replaced by the new peso in 1975.

  2. any of various former gold coins of Spain, Spanish America, and Portugal.

  3. a former silver coin of Spain, discontinued in 1868.

Origin of escudo

1815–25; <Spanish: shield <Latin scūtum

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British Dictionary definitions for escudo


/ (ɛˈskuːdəʊ, Portuguese ɪʃˈkuðu) /

nounplural -dos (-dəʊz, Portuguese -ðuʃ)
  1. the standard monetary unit of Cape Verde, divided into 100 centavos

  2. the former standard monetary unit of Portugal, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the euro in 2002

  1. a former monetary unit of Chile, divided into 100 centesimos

  2. an old Spanish silver coin worth 10 reals

Origin of escudo

C19: Spanish, literally: shield, from Latin scūtum

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