Definition of florin in US English:



  • 1A former British coin and monetary unit worth two shillings.

    • ‘The latter suggested that he should immediately send Schuppanzigh the fifty florins subscription fee.’
    • ‘In 1811 Peter Arnold Mumm, a successful banker and wine merchant, purchased the entire Schloss Johannisberg vintage for 32,000 florins.’
    • ‘But maybe we can understand Bloom's florin as a fictional revenant if not an historical precedent.’
    • ‘Other valuable coins include a 1943 florin worth a four-figure sum and a 1938 Irish penny which is extremely rare because only one has been found to date.’
    • ‘There were farthings, pennies, oxfords, crowns, florins, shillings, guineas, and pounds, among other divisions.’
    • ‘At a time when an upmarket townhouse cost 5,000 florins, a single Viceroy, white striped with purple, changed hands for 3,500 florins.’
    • ‘If you managed to root out a florin or find some letters written by your great-grandparents during the euro changeover clearout, then you might be holding onto something more valuable than sentiment.’
    • ‘No more will the devil's mouthwash flood their coffers with shillings and florins.’
    • ‘In one case, Zanobi successfully petitioned the board to order Galeasso di Lapi da Uzzano to pay an outstanding bill of 370 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.’
    • ‘The artists were to stick closely to the agreed drawing, and the religious friar was to receive a very worldly payment of ‘one hundred and ninety gold florins ' for his labour.’
    • ‘Europe's policy-makers went through virtually every monetary name in the continent's history, with early favourites such as the florin and the schilling failing to make the cut.’
    • ‘There was also a florin, but the date cannot be discerned.’
    • ‘They understood very little English, and the only coin of the realm which they recognised was the florin.’
    • ‘Pontormo agreed to pay thirteen florins a year for Piero's house, testifying to the younger artist's increasing prosperity in the wake of important commissions like the Salone at Poggio a Caiano.’
    • ‘Likewise, the Spannocchi family earned twenty florins from its palace's shops in 1488, while the Sansedoni family members shared the ownership of the shops in their palace.’
    • ‘Material possessions and the means of measuring them by reference to groats, shillings or florins were forbidden in the Holy Parish.’
    • ‘The original patron's heirs sold the rights to the chapel to their neighbor Antonio Paganelli in 1487 for two hundred florins.’
    • ‘Because of the high volumes of change that passed through my hands, every few days I'd find an old silver shilling, or a two shilling florin.’
    • ‘There were the reported sins of Sister Cornelia of the Convent of Leuven, who was accused, tried and convicted of stealing 1,300 florins from a patient.’
    • ‘Ludwig provided 30,000 florins for the completion of the already advanced Ring cycle and granted Wagner an annual allowance of 8000 florins, with occasional top-up amounts in addition.’
  • 2A foreign coin of gold or silver, especially a Dutch guilder.

    • ‘A moderate work of value, say, 14 points earns 1400 florins.’
    • ‘The currency is the Netherlands Antilles florin or ‘guilder ‘, with an exchange rate fixed to the US dollar: Naf1.75 = US $1.’’
    • ‘Traders could earn as much as 60,000 florins in a month - not a bad commission even by 20th century standards.’
    • ‘The days of fooling around with a rocket leaf or a piece of ‘exquisite’ meat the size of a florin, are gone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In comparison, a house along a canal in Amsterdam cost 10,000 florins in those days.’
    • ‘The estimated cost of maintaining the campaign in the Netherlands was 1.2 million florins / month, yet the military treasury received only one-quarter that amount from Spain.’
    • ‘Netherlands Antilles florins are pegged to the US dollar.’
    • ‘Money management is very important as well; nothing is more frustrating in this game than having to turn in prestige points to get money, unless it's losing the game by a point with 400 florins in front of you.’
    • ‘He was pleased to do this, and not only because it brought him an income of 20 florins a time (his annual salary was only 150 florins a year) but because his interest in astrology was life-long.’
    • ‘The answer is a lottery ticket, worth a million florins.’
  • 3The basic monetary unit of Aruba, equal to 100 cents.

    • ‘Though the dollar dropped against the florin in our three-year window, it fell by just two cents, from 1.79 to 1.77.’
    • ‘They have their own Aruban paper and coin florins and won't accept NAfs from Bonaire or Curaçao.’
    • ‘Your zarpe to wherever will cost you 25 florin.’


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.