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dollar

[cf. Brit. dial. North, Mid dollar a five-shilling piece EDD] n. a four-shilling banknote: 1788 A Spanish dollar is worth. . .4 sh. 8 d. sterling (Schoepf 296). 1888 A sovereign is spoken of as five dollars (Powles 158). The old four-shilling note was called a dollar (Eleu.).

◊ This meaning is remembered but no longer current. In 1966 the Bahamas changed from pounds and pence to a dollar on par with that of the US, the word's current meaning.

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Last update: 2011-02-13 22:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
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