[French goord; English goo rd]

noun, plural gourdes [French goord; English goo rdz] /French gurd; English gʊərdz/.

a paper money and monetary unit of Haiti, equal to 100 centimes. Abbreviation: G., Gde.

Origin of gourde

1855–60; < French, noun use of feminine of gourd dull, slow, heavy < Latin gurdus dull, obtuse
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Examples from the Web for gourde

Historical Examples of gourde

  • Each of our drinks came to one "gourde," rather cheap for brandy.

  • The national standard coin of Haiti is a gourde, which is worth 20 cents in American money.


    J. Dryden Kuser

British Dictionary definitions for gourde



the standard monetary unit of Haiti, divided into 100 centimes

Word Origin for gourde

C19: from French, feminine of gourd heavy, from Latin gurdus a stupid person
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