Definition of guilder in US English:



  • 1The basic monetary unit of the Netherlands (until the introduction of the euro), equal to 100 cents.

    • ‘Much of the earlier strong performance of the Dutch economy was due to a decision in the early 1980s to link the guilder to the Deutschmark through the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.’
    • ‘The monetary unit was Dutch guilders and stuivers.’
    • ‘The average wage for a Dutch carpenter that year was about 250 guilders.’
    • ‘The euro, which replaces the old francs, marks, guilders, pesetas, escudos, drachmas, and lire of the European Union, is not yet five years old.’
    • ‘As head of the Dutch central bank from 1982 to 1997, Duisenberg functioned as the Dutch arm of the Bundesbank, copying German interest-rate moves to keep the guilder in a virtual monetary union with the mark.’
    • ‘Most suppliers and wholesalers hiked prices because the guilder was 2.2 to the euro.’
    • ‘In October 1981 the Deutschmark and the Dutch guilder were revalued, while the French franc and the lira were devalued.’
    • ‘A round of drinks used to be 25 guilders; now it's more like 20 euros.’
    • ‘As Siam could not manufacture enough, Dutch guilders and Mexican pesos were introduced and counter stamped.’
    • ‘I don't know about you, but I'm glad I am not a French or Dutch citizen trading my rock-solid francs and guilders for fuchsia and teal notes watermarked with soaring views of bridges that don't exist.’
    • ‘The Dutch are angry at the price rises that accompanied the loss of the guilder and the launch of the euro, hostile towards the new east European members from last year's big-bang enlargement, and opposed to Turkey joining the union.’
    • ‘The money ran into thousands of guilders (hundreds of pounds sterling) but went unnoticed by the bank.’
    • ‘I would ask people to empty out pots and purses, and gather francs, marks, guilders, pesetas and punts and put them to work to help local people.’
    • ‘Francs, Deutschmarks, guilders, punts, drachmas and pesetas will all have gone by the end of February.’
    • ‘Thus Australia used rupees, guilders, and Spanish dollars.’
    • ‘Men would turn up with hold-alls and shoeboxes piled with notes and turn them into Dutch guilders, Deutschmarks or, latterly, euros.’
    • ‘The customer service official also said that he didn't have the change in euro for 25 guilders, so she got a lot fewer than she should have done.’
    • ‘That is, prices start at the highest point, usually a guilder per stem, and fall until a buyer finds an agreeable price.’
    • ‘No more confusion over how many dollars make a mark and how many marks become a guilder or how many lire a set of wheels go for.’
    • ‘All the world's currencies - pounds, marks, yen, lira, punts, guilders and all the rest - roamed in the shadow of the mighty dollar.’
    1. 1.1historical A gold or silver coin formerly used in the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stevin bought a house at the Raamstraat in The Hague in 1612 for 3800 Dutch guilders (another sign of his high status and wealth).’


Alteration of Dutch gulden (see gulden).