noun (plural same or guilders)
1(Until the introduction of the euro in 2002) the basic monetary unit of the Netherlands, equal to 100 cents.
- The euro, which replaces the old francs, marks, guilders, pesetas, escudos, drachmas, and lire of the European Union, is not yet five years old.
- The monetary unit was Dutch guilders and stuivers.
- Francs, Deutschmarks, guilders, punts, drachmas and pesetas will all have gone by the end of February.
1.1 historical A gold or silver coin formerly used in the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria.
- Stevin bought a house at the Raamstraat in The Hague in 1612 for 3800 Dutch guilders (another sign of his high status and wealth).
- From 1782 to 1788 Dutch banks loaned nine million guilders, which helped salvage American finances.
- The Elector Palatine in Dusseldorf appointed him as court-painter in 1697, with an annual salary of four thousand guilders, but left him free to sell half his pictures to others.
Words that rhyme with guilderbewilder, builder, Hilda, Matilda, St Kilda, Tilda, tilde
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