[flawr-in, flor-]


a cupronickel coin of Great Britain, formerly equal to two shillings or the tenth part of a pound and retained in circulation equal to 10 new pence after decimalization in 1971: first issued in 1849 as a silver coin.
the guilder of the Netherlands.
a former gold coin of Florence, first issued in 1252 and widely imitated.
a former gold coin of England, first issued under Edward III.
a former gold coin of Austria, first issued in the middle of the 14th century.

Origin of florin

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Old Italian fiorino Florentine coin stamped with a lily, derivative of fiore flower < Latin flōrem, accusative of flōs flower


[flawr-in, flor-]


a town in central California, near Sacramento.
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Examples from the Web for florin

Contemporary Examples of florin

Historical Examples of florin

  • I have paid all expenses, and have given my actors a florin apiece.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I therefore give you a florin, with best thanks for having brought it.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • If his grandmother sent him a ducat Crisenius pocketed a florin.

  • She took a florin from her bag and wrapped it up in the telegraph form.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • You have seven francs in your pocket and a florin which we could change here.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

British Dictionary definitions for florin



a former British coin, originally silver and later cupronickel, equivalent to ten (new) pence
the standard monetary unit of Aruba, divided into 100 cents
(formerly) another name for guilder (def. 1)
any of various gold coins of Florence, Britain, or Austria

Word Origin for florin

C14: from French, from Old Italian fiorino Florentine coin, from fiore flower, from Latin flōs
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Word Origin and History for florin

c.1300, from Old French florin, from Italian fiorino, from fiore "flower," from Latin florem "flower" (see flora). The 13c. gold Florentine coin was stamped on the obverse with the image of a lily, the symbol of the city. As the name of an English gold coin, from late 15c.

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