from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. money; riches; gain; especially when dishonestly acquired (cf. lucre)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Money; riches; lucre; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten or worthless. It has no plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Frippery; rubbish; refuse; trash.
- n. Money; riches; “filtby lucre”: a contemptuous term. It has no plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. informal terms for money
Middle English, from Medieval Latin pelfra, pelfa, probably from Old French pelfre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French pelfre, "booty, stolen goods." It is related to pilfer. (Wiktionary)