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[moi-dawr, -dohr]
  1. a former gold coin of Portugal and Brazil.
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Origin of moidore

1695–1705; < Portuguese moeda de ouro coin of gold < Latin monēta dē aurō. See money, de, or3
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Examples from the Web for moidore

Historical Examples

  • The moidore and the johannes were Portuguese coins, the pistole Spanish.

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period


  • Now let us go and sell the mantle, the gold alone is well worth a moidore.

    The Bible in Spain

    George Borrow

  • On one occasion General Stone, the authority for the previous anecdote, crossed the ferry and offered a moidore in payment.

  • The moidore was worth six pieces of eight, the pistole four, the johannes eight.

British Dictionary definitions for moidore


  1. a former Portuguese gold coin
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Word Origin

C18: from Portuguese moeda de ouro: money of gold
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