Definition of florin in English:


Syllabification: flor·in
Pronunciation: /ˈflôrən, ˈflär-


1A former British coin and monetary unit worth two shillings.
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  • Material possessions and the means of measuring them by reference to groats, shillings or florins were forbidden in the Holy Parish.
  • No more will the devil's mouthwash flood their coffers with shillings and florins.
  • The record price of €127,000 was paid for an Anglo-Irish 1642 gold coin at Whyte's in 2000 and in the same year a 1943 florin, the two shilling piece, fetched €20,000.
2A foreign coin of gold or silver, especially a Dutch guilder.
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  • Vallo believes these people, led by El Libre, will easily pay 50,000 gold florins for the huge stash of weapons.
  • The Dutch offered 5,000 troops and 50,000 florins per month.
  • The currency is the Netherlands Antilles florin or ‘guilder ‘, with an exchange rate fixed to the US dollar: Naf1.75 = US $1.’
3The basic monetary unit of Aruba, equal to 100 cents.
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  • Though the dollar dropped against the florin in our three-year window, it fell by just two cents, from 1.79 to 1.77.
  • Your zarpe to wherever will cost you 25 florin.
  • They have their own Aruban paper and coin florins and won't accept NAfs from Bonaire or Curaçao.


via Old French from Italian fiorino, diminutive of fiore 'flower', from Latin flos, flor-. The word originally denoted a gold coin issued in Florence, bearing a fleur-de-lis (the city's emblem) on the reverse.

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