Definition of florin in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Material possessions and the means of measuring them by reference to groats, shillings or florins were forbidden in the Holy Parish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At a time when an upmarket townhouse cost 5,000 florins, a single Viceroy, white striped with purple, changed hands for 3,500 florins.’
    • ‘But maybe we can understand Bloom's florin as a fictional revenant if not an historical precedent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No more will the devil's mouthwash flood their coffers with shillings and florins.’
    • ‘The original patron's heirs sold the rights to the chapel to their neighbor Antonio Paganelli in 1487 for two hundred florins.’
    • ‘In 1811 Peter Arnold Mumm, a successful banker and wine merchant, purchased the entire Schloss Johannisberg vintage for 32,000 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.’
    • ‘They understood very little English, and the only coin of the realm which they recognised was the florin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In one case, Zanobi successfully petitioned the board to order Galeasso di Lapi da Uzzano to pay an outstanding bill of 370 florins.’
    • ‘The latter suggested that he should immediately send Schuppanzigh the fifty florins subscription fee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was also a florin, but the date cannot be discerned.’
    • ‘There were farthings, pennies, oxfords, crowns, florins, shillings, guineas, and pounds, among other divisions.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A foreign coin of gold or silver, especially a Dutch guilder.

    • ‘In comparison, a house along a canal in Amsterdam cost 10,000 florins in those days.’
    • ‘The Dutch offered 5,000 troops and 50,000 florins per month.’
    • ‘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 currency is the Netherlands Antilles florin or ‘guilder ‘, with an exchange rate fixed to the US dollar: Naf1.75 = US $1.’’
    • ‘A moderate work of value, say, 14 points earns 1400 florins.’
    • ‘Vallo believes these people, led by El Libre, will easily pay 50,000 gold florins for the huge stash of weapons.’
    • ‘The days of fooling around with a rocket leaf or a piece of ‘exquisite’ meat the size of a florin, are gone.’
    • ‘Traders could earn as much as 60,000 florins in a month - not a bad commission even by 20th century standards.’
    • ‘The answer is a lottery ticket, worth a million florins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.