simoleon

[suh-moh-lee-uh n]

Origin of simoleon

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples of simoleon

  • But we never went after the simoleon in the toe of the sock under the loose brick in the corner of the kitchen hearth.


Word Origin and History for simoleon
n.

slang for "a dollar," 1895, American English, of unknown origin. Related sambolio is attested from 1886; perhaps this was altered based on Napoleon, name of a late 19c. French gold coin.

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