pl. -·does or -·dos
an obsolete Portuguese coin with the figure of a cross on it
Origin of crusadoPortuguese cruzado, origin, originally , past participle of cruzar ; from Medieval Latin cruciare: see crusade
nounpl. cru·sa·does or cru·sa·dos also cru·za·does or cru·za·dos
An old Portuguese coin of gold or silver having a cross pictured on the reverse.
Origin of crusadoPortuguese, from past participle of cruzar, to mark with a cross, from cruz, cross, from Latin crux, cruc-.
(plural crusados or crusadoes)
- 1787, Thomas Jefferson, “To John Jay”, in Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson:
- The King's fifth of the mines, yields annually thirteen millions of crusadoes or half dollars.
- 1824, Robert Kerr, A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. II:
- When first appointed to the command in the Moluccas, Galvano carried with him a private fortune of 10,000 crusadoes, all of which he expended in the public service.