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A gold coin formerly used in Spain and Spanish America.

[Spanish doblón, augmentative of dobla, Spanish coin, from Latin dupla, feminine of duplus, double; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]


(dʌˈbluːn) or


1. (Historical Terms) a former Spanish gold coin
2. (plural) slang money
[C17: from Spanish doblón, from dobla]



a former gold coin of Spain and Spanish America.
[1615–25; < Sp doblón <dobl(a) a gold coin]
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Noun1.doubloon - a former Spanish gold coindoubloon - a former Spanish gold coin    
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money


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Now this doubloon was of purest, virgin gold, raked somewhere out of the heart of gorgeous hills, whence, east and west, over golden sands, the head-waters of many a Pactolus flows.
what then should there be in this doubloon of the Equator that is so killing wonderful?
Here's the ship's navel, this doubloon here, and they are all on fire to unscrew it.
If these are Spanish doubloons, or even gold crowns," thought D'Artagnan, "we shall yet be able to do business together.
antique statues minus the nose, Spanish doubloons and ancestors.
Bill was at Cambridge when his predecessor in the title, his Uncle Philip, was performing the concluding exercises of the dissipation of the Dawlish doubloons, a feat which he achieved so neatly that when he died there was just enough cash to pay the doctors, and no more.
Besides this, when I came to the till in the chest, I found there three great bags of pieces of eight, which held about eleven hundred pieces in all; and in one of them, wrapped up in a paper, six doubloons of gold, and some small bars or wedges of gold; I suppose they might all weigh near a pound.
On her ankles, which as is customary were bare, she had carcajes (for so bracelets or anklets are called in Morisco) of the purest gold, set with so many diamonds that she told me afterwards her father valued them at ten thousand doubloons, and those she had on her wrists were worth as much more.
said Wolfert eagerly, whose mind was haunted by nothing but ingots and doubloons.
Was it that houses and lands, offices, wine, horses, dress, luxury, are had by unprincipled men, whilst the saints are poor and despised; and that a compensation is to be made to these last hereafter, by giving them the like gratifications another day,--bank- stock and doubloons, venison and champagne?
Melville lampooned the presumptuousness of critics in Chapter 99 of Moby-Dick, "The Doubloon," through the simpler-minded second mate, Stubb, who scolds, "Book
Money--even in the form of pennies or Ahab's Spanish doubloon nailed to the mast as a prize for the sailor who first spied Moby Dick--is always power, and power is often bloody.