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ducat (DUK-uht) noun

1. An admission ticket.

2. A piece of money.

3. Any of various gold coins formerly used in some European countries.

[From Middle English, from Old French, from Old Italian ducato, from Late Latin ductus, from duchy (so named because the word appeared on some early ducats), from ducy (a territory ruled by a duke or a duchess).]

See more usage examples of ducat in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"It was a mixed crowd: producers, musicians, actors, directors and politicos ... and CHUM's Mary Powers, whom everyone strokes to get into her after-Schmooze party, the hottest ducat at the fest." Rita Zekas; Your Dancing Table is Ready; Toronto Star (Canada); Sep 12, 2004.

"All this for just $50 per ticket ($75 for a two-day ducat), so this isn't exactly a 'bring the whole family' event." Elizabeth Gabriel; What's Going On And What You Need to Know; San Diego Union Tribune; Sep 13, 2004.

This week's theme: slang.

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