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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
9,000 ducats, proving her love for scientific experiments.
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.
For example a Sephardic Jew by the name of Luis de Santangelo, advanced a sum of 17,000 ducats (about $5,000) to finance one such voyage in 1492.
Angels & Ducats has a narrower remit but one that is important, to explain the nature of the currency used during Shakespeare's lifetime.
Doubters are referred to my 16-year-old daughter's adoring friends, who purchased June 2013 ducats to a One Direction show in March 2012--talk about presale madness.
Denominated back then at 430,000 gold ducats - now worth some EUR 57.
In one of his plays, The Merchant of Venice, Jewish merchant Shylock asks for a pound of flesh when Antonio fails to settle a debt of 3,000 ducats within the agreed time.
His heroic exploits were legendary, though not to the Spanish, who had 20,000 ducats on his head.