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1. Any of various gold coins formerly used in certain European countries.
2. Slang
a. A piece of money.
b. An admission ticket.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Old Italian ducato, from Medieval Latin ducātus, duchy (a word used on one of the early ducats); see duchy.]


1. (Currencies) any of various former European gold or silver coins, esp those used in Italy or the Netherlands
2. (Currencies) (often plural) any coin or money
[C14: from Old French, from Old Italian ducato coin stamped with the doge's image, from duca doge, from Latin dux leader]


(ˈdʌk ət)

1. any of several gold coins formerly issued in various parts of Europe.
2. Slang. a ticket to a public performance.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < early Italian ducato < Medieval Latin ducātus duchy]
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Noun1.ducat - formerly a gold coin of various European countriesducat - formerly a gold coin of various European countries
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money


[ˈdʌkɪt] Nducado m (moneda)


n (Hist) → Dukaten m
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The next morning a strong man knocked at the cottage door, and doffing his hat to the Princess said: "A golden chariot passed me yesterday, and one within it flung me a purse of ducats, saying:
And I think so too," answered Don Quixote; then passing on to the third he asked him what he had asked the others, and the man answered very readily and unconcernedly, "I am going for five years to their ladyships the gurapas for the want of ten ducats.
That," said the galley slave, "is like a man having money at sea when he is dying of hunger and has no way of buying what he wants; I say so because if at the right time I had had those twenty ducats that your worship now offers me, I would have greased the notary's pen and freshened up the attorney's wit with them, so that to-day I should be in the middle of the plaza of the Zocodover at Toledo, and not on this road coupled like a greyhound.
And I mean to take it out of pawn," said Gines, "though it were in for two hundred ducats.
Nay, the debts due to the French and Dutch are to be paid in militiamen instead of louis d'ors and ducats.
Giovanni, who had but a scanty supply of gold ducats in his pocket, took lodgings in a high and gloomy chamber of an old edifice which looked not unworthy to have been the palace of a Paduan noble, and which, in fact, exhibited over its entrance the armorial bearings of a family long since extinct.
9,000 ducats, proving her love for scientific experiments.
store of golden plate, besides two thousand ducats ready-coined.
No matter where you are, wire me and I'll send the ducats to come on at once.
The generous treatment the captain gave me I can never enough remember: he would take nothing of me for my passage, gave me twenty ducats for the leopard's skin, and forty for the lion's skin, which I had in my boat, and caused everything I had in the ship to be punctually delivered to me; and what I was willing to sell he bought of me, such as the case of bottles, two of my guns, and a piece of the lump of beeswax - for I had made candles of the rest: in a word, I made about two hundred and twenty pieces of eight of all my cargo; and with this stock I went on shore in the Brazils.
As a young man I always wore jewelry, and I carried two or three hundred ducats about me wherever I went.
In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had, the blue light and the gold, and had only one ducat in his pocket.