Venice - A northern Italian port city, famous for its canals.
Belmont - Another Italian city near the main port city.
Chests - There were three of these, one made of gold, one made of silver, one made of lead.
Ducats - Italian money of the 12th century.
Usance - The practice of lending money and charging interest for it.
Ring - Portia gives this to Bassanio as a symbol of their love.
Deed - This is the document that Shylock signs agreeing that upon his death, all of his money will go to Lorenzo and Jessica.
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