noun, plural scu·di [skoo-dee] /ˈsku di/.

any of various gold or silver coins, of various Italian states, issued from the late 16th through the early 19th centuries.

Origin of scudo

1635–45; < Italian < Latin scūtum shield Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scudo

Historical Examples of scudo

  • Not one scudo would I take under the price that I have named.

  • A scudo is a dollar, and a dollar has five francs, so that I wanted a thousand francs.

    A Roman Singer

    F. Marion Crawford

  • A scudo has a particularly accelerating effect on the movements of Roman officials.

  • My old beggar-woman was forgotten, and I had determined to devote my scudo to the purchase of the silk cravat for my brother.

  • He is very charitable, and gives a great many pensions of a scudo a day to poor individuals of the mezzoceto class.

British Dictionary definitions for scudo


noun plural -di (-diː)

any of several former Italian coins

Word Origin for scudo

C17: from Italian: shield, from Latin scūtum
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Word Origin and History for scudo

old Italian silver coin, Italian, literally "shield" (in reference to the device it bore), from Latin scutum (see hide (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper