pelf definition by Webster's New World
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- Obsolete ill-gotten gains; booty
- money or wealth regarded with contempt
Origin: Middle English akin to (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) Middle French pelfre, booty
pelf definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.
Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin pelfra, pelfa, probably from Old French pelfre.