Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A guilder.
  • n. A British coin worth two shillings.
  • n. A gold coin first issued at Florence, Italy, in 1252.
  • n. Any of several gold coins similar to the Florentine florin, formerly used in Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The currency of Aruba, divided into 100 cents, symbol ƒ.
  • n. A pre-decimal British coin, worth two shillings or ten new pence.
  • n. A guilder (former currency unit of the Netherlands).
  • n. Any of several gold coins once produced in Florence, Italy.
  • n. A pre-decimal Australian coin, worth 24 pence or a tenth of a pound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin of Florence, first struck in the twelfth century, and noted for its beauty. The name is given to different coins in different countries. The florin of England, first minted in 1849, is worth two shillings, or about 48 cents; the florin of the Netherlands, about 40 cents; of Austria, about 36 cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The English name of a gold coin weighing about 55 grains, first issued at Florence in 1252, and having on the obverse a lily and tbe word “Florentia.”
  • n. An English gold coin issued by Edward III. in 1343-4, and worth at the time 6 shillings. On the obverse it bore a leopard crowned.
  • n. An English silver coin worth 2 shillings, being the tenth part of a pound, current since 1849.
  • n. The silver gulden of Austria and formerly of South Germany, and the guilder of the Netherlands, worth a little less than the English florin. See gulden and guilder.
  • n. Abbreviated fl.
  • n. A Polish silver coin of the value of about 12 United States cents.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in Suriname; equal to 100 cents
  • n. formerly the basic unit of money in the Netherlands; equal to 100 cents

Etymologies

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-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Oko [florin] is a noted historian.journalist. and author of fourteen historical novels (eight on Poland and six on the North American frontier).

    A Bibliographical Essay

  • A florin was a large gold coin, named for the city, first minted in the 13th century and used only for the largest transactions.

    Making Money the Medici Way���And Spending It the Modern Way

  • The price of the tickets has been fixed for 1 florin, which is the maximum customary in this country.

    Letters

  • The monetary unit in Holland is the florin, which is equal to two francs four centimes in our money, so that the Dutch centime and sou are worth more than double the Italian centime and sou; hence the mistake and its correction.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • Assure yourself that they spend a florin, which is two and a half francs, where we spend a franc.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • It was first struck off in the twelfth century and was called a florin because it had a flower stamped on one side.

    Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning

  • "What! do you mean that _ten to the florin is a cent a piece_ must be called decimal reckoning?"

    A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)

  • The florin was a strikingly original conception of Britannia who had been on coins since the 17th century standing rather than sitting, her trident at the ready, her robes billowing in the sea breeze.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The "florin" owed its popularity to the soundness of trade within the very streets where the bell, known as "the great cow," rang so lustily to summon the citizens to combat.

    Heroes of Modern Europe

  • Austrian florin, which is worth about forty-nine cents of American money.] apiece, it is hard to account for.

    Venetian Life

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