[sol-doh; Italian sawl-daw]

noun, plural sol·di [sol-dee; Italian sawl-dee] /ˈsɒl di; Italian ˈsɔl di/.

a former copper coin of Italy, the twentieth part of a lira, equal to five centesimi.

Origin of soldo

1590–1600; < Italian < Latin solidum; see sol2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soldo

Historical Examples of soldo

  • Is it not for her that he has been in prison, and that he has left my mamma without a soldo in the house?

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It takes a soldo to get in, and Luigi has but few of them, but he is always there.

  • It is as though a soldo and a flower fell from your hand together.

    Cuore (Heart)

    Edmondo De Amicis

  • The few who have escaped have been brought to Catania naked, without a soldo.


    Henry Festing Jones

  • Indeed, before leaving me he had remarked that he was almost without a soldo.

    The Count's Chauffeur

    William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for soldo


noun plural -di (-diː, Italian -di)

a former Italian copper coin worth one twentieth of a lira

Word Origin for soldo

C16: from Italian, from Late Latin solidum a gold coin; see soldier
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