or gil·der



a silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of the Netherlands until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 cents; florin. Abbreviation: Gld., f., fl.
a former gold coin of the Netherlands; florin.
the monetary unit of the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname, equal to 100 cents.
the Austrian florin.
any of various gold coins formerly issued by German states.

Origin of guilder

1425–75; late Middle English gilder, guldren, with intrusive r < Middle Dutch gulden gulden
Also called gulden. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guilder

Historical Examples of guilder

  • In these respects, the Hundred Guilder print is a striking example.

  • He had visited her twice since then; once at Chauvin's studio and once at Guilder's.

  • He would show us everything for a guilder an hour,—for half a guilder.


    Charles Dudley Warner

  • There is nothing he likes so well as the feel of a guilder between his fingers.

    The Argus Pheasant

    John Charles Beecham

  • Is it not charity to offer him half a guilder for that lace?

    The Ghetto

    Herman Heijermans

British Dictionary definitions for guilder


gilder gulden

noun plural -ders, -der, -dens or -den

Also called: florin the former standard monetary unit of the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents; replaced by the euro in 2002
the standard monetary unit of the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam, divided into 100 cents
any of various former gold or silver coins of Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands

Word Origin for guilder

C15: changed from Middle Dutch gulden, literally: golden
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 guilder

Dutch coin, late 15c., probably from a mispronunciation of Middle Dutch gulden, literally "golden," in gulden (florijn) or some similar name for a golden coin (see golden).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper