Definition of scudo in US English:

scudo

noun

historical
  • A coin, typically made of silver, formerly used in various Italian states.

    • ‘According to the contract each sculptor was to be paid 150 scudi per statue.’
    • ‘By different standards, however, even those early sums of 1 1/2 and 8 scudi were by no means meager.’
    • ‘In Venice that year, some canvas cost only a fourth of a scudo a meter.’
    • ‘That was the equivalent of half the total annual papal income of 2,500,000 scudi.’
    • ‘The Florentine painter Giovan Battista Vanni was paid 200 scudi for his copy of the Bacchanal of the Andrians.’
    • ‘During the 1630s, he spent 57 percent of his income on running his unusually complex household and extended-family business, for which expenses amounted to about 840 scudi a year.’
    • ‘For the decade of 1616 to 1625, which he spent in Rome, Fano, and Bologna, documented payments for oil paintings total about 3,000 scudi.’

Origin

Italian, from Latin scutum ‘shield’.

Pronunciation

scudo

/ˈsko͞odō/