ari·​a·​ry ˌä-rē-ˈä-rē How to pronounce ariary (audio)
plural ariary
: the basic monetary unit of Madagascar see Money Table

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ariary may depreciate by 3.7% against the dollar on average next year. Kamlesh Bhuckory,, 21 Nov. 2020 The projects are assessed at the end of the program, and the top five are awarded 1.6 million Madagascan ariary ($475). Lova Rabary-rakotondravony, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2018

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Word History


borrowed from Malagasy, earlier, "five-franc note, piece of cut money (as a Maria Theresa dollar)," borrowed from Arabic al-riyāl, from al "the" + riyāl riyal entry 1

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ariary was in 1979

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“Ariary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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