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[ e-skoo-doh; Portuguese es-koo-doo; Spanish es-koo-th aw ]
/ ɛˈsku doʊ; Portuguese ɛsˈku dʊ; Spanish ɛsˈku ðɔ /

noun, plural es·cu·dos [e-skoo-dohz; Portuguese es-koo-doo s; Spanish es-koo-th aws] /ɛˈsku doʊz; Portuguese ɛsˈku dʊs; Spanish ɛsˈku ðɔs/.

a coin and monetary unit of Cape Verde, equal to 100 centavos.
a former coin and monetary unit of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique.
a former paper money and monetary unit of Chile, equal to 100 condors or 1000 pesos, replaced by the new peso in 1975.
any of various former gold coins of Spain, Spanish America, and Portugal.
a former silver coin of Spain, discontinued in 1868.

Nearby words

escribe, escritoire, escrow, escuage, escudero, escudo, escuintla, esculapian, esculent, esculin, escurial

Origin of escudo

1815–25; < Spanish: shield < Latin scūtum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for escudo


/ (ɛˈskuːdəʊ, Portuguese ɪʃˈkuðu) /

noun plural -dos (-dəʊz, Portuguese -ðuʃ)

the standard monetary unit of Cape Verde, divided into 100 centavos
the former standard monetary unit of Portugal, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the euro in 2002
a former monetary unit of Chile, divided into 100 centesimos
an old Spanish silver coin worth 10 reals

Word Origin for escudo

C19: Spanish, literally: shield, from Latin scūtum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for escudo



Spanish and Portuguese coin, 1821, from Spanish/Portuguese escudo, from Latin scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)). Also cf. ecu.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper