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 (flôr′ĭn, flŏr′-)
1. A guilder.
2. A British coin worth two shillings.
a. A gold coin first issued at Florence, Italy, in 1252.
b. Any of several gold coins similar to the Florentine florin, formerly used in Europe.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Old Italian fiorino, from fiore, flower (from the lily on the coins), from Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Currencies) a former British coin, originally silver and later cupronickel, equivalent to ten (new) pence
2. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Aruba, divided into 100 cents
3. (Currencies) (formerly) another name for guilder1
4. any of various gold coins of Florence, Britain, or Austria
[C14: from French, from Old Italian fiorino Florentine coin, from fiore flower, from Latin flōs]


(ˈflɔr ɪn, ˈflɒr-)

1. a former British coin, orig. of silver, equal to two shillings.
2. the guilder of the Netherlands.
3. a former gold coin of Florence, first issued in 1252.
4. any of various former gold coins of Europe.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < early Italian fiorino Florentine coin stamped with a lily, derivative of fiore flower < Latin flōrem]
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Noun1.florin - the basic unit of money in Surinameflorin - the basic unit of money in Suriname; equal to 100 cents
Surinamese monetary unit - monetary unit in Suriname
2.florin - formerly the basic unit of money in the Netherlands; equal to 100 cents
cent - a fractional monetary unit of several countries
Dutch monetary unit - monetary unit in the Netherlands


[ˈflɒrɪn] Nflorín m (Brit) (formerly) → florín m moneda de dos chelines


nFlorin m; (Dutch) → Gulden m; (dated Brit) → Zweishillingstück nt
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the rainy day was close at hand, for their meal was all consumed, and who is prepared to face starvation with two hundred florins at their disposal?
110,000 florins, only demanding an allowance of five per cent.
Then the miser began to beg and promise, and offered money for his liberty; but he did not come up to the musician's price for some time, and he danced him along brisker and brisker, and the miser bid higher and higher, till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse, and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow.
His revenue, exclusive of his private income, amounts to three hundred thousand florins.
A woman with light hair, in a low dress by no means so fresh as it had been, and with a black mask on, through the eyelets of which her eyes twinkled strangely, was seated at one of the roulette-tables with a card and a pin and a couple of florins before her.
I have ten thousand florins a year without Greek, I eat heartily without Greek.
My opinion is, that all these old podestas, these ancient condottieri, -- for the Cavalcanti have commanded armies and governed provinces, -- my opinion, I say, is, that they have buried their millions in corners, the secret of which they have transmitted only to their eldest sons, who have done the same from generation to generation; and the proof of this is seen in their yellow and dry appearance, like the florins of the republic, which, from being constantly gazed upon, have become reflected in them.
Take these 700 florins, and go and play roulette with them.
She turned her back, throwing into the basin a silver florin, which rang among the liards, and made the poor goodwives of the chapel of Etienne Haudry open their eyes.
I got a cent ready in one hand and a florin in the other, intending to give him the former if he survived and the latter if he killed himself--for his loss would be my gain in a literary way, and I was willing to pay a fair price for the item --but this impostor ended his intensely moving performance by simply adding some powder to the liquid and polishing the spoon
I have said once and forever that I am yours with every bow-string of my army and every florin in my coffers.
He was all right, as far as money went, but in his deposit he had given her what looked like a bad florin.