Definition of ducat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəkət/


1A gold coin formerly current in most European countries.
Example sentences
  • A ducat weighs about 3.5 grams so this coin would be more than a 17-ducat coin.
  • The calculations were done with the help of soldiers who were given a gold ducat for every mistake they found.
  • He didn't care for the preservation of peasant songs in this far-flung outcrop of Europe: four ducats a song, however, he could not refuse.
1.1 (ducats) informal Money: their production of Hamlet has kept the ducats pouring in
More example sentences
  • With new ducats in hand, I'm off to Grand Central Station.
  • Speaking of shelling out the ducats, industry watchers seem to concur that during these flush economic times, and even during lean ones, parents will spend mightily on toys.
  • Think Not Think will no doubt be playing for more than handouts this time, so be sure to bring your hard earned ducats as they unveil their CD Point of View at the Urban Lounge on Thursday.
2North American informal A ticket, especially an admission ticket.
Example sentences
  • The Dallas Mavericks put bar codes on tickets, not just to track sales of the ducats, but to make sure they are selling them to folks who actually fill the seats.
  • When it came Buddy's turn to use the ducat (the family couldn't afford tickets for everybody), he saw his first play ever - the comedy ‘Turn to the Right.’
  • Ticket prices went up more than $3 to an average of $43.86 a ducat.


From Italian ducato, originally referring to a silver coin minted by the Duke of Apulia in 1190: from medieval Latin ducatus (see duchy). sense 2 dates from the late 19th century.

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Syllabification: duc·at

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