\ ˈbät How to pronounce baht (audio) \
plural baht also bahts

Definition of baht

: the basic monetary unit of Thailand — see Money Table

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The Thai baht—nowadays a freely floating currency rather than one with an unsustainable dollar peg—is up 0.6% for the year, according to FactSet. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Thailand, Patient Zero in Asia’s Financial Crisis, Enjoys a Much Better 2018," 21 Sep. 2018 In 1997, the collapse of the Thai baht set off a financial crisis throughout East Asia. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Why Turkey’s financial crisis matters beyond its borders," 14 Aug. 2018 Mr Newin said the region needed at least 10bn baht in government investment; Mr Prayuth duly promised to improve local infrastructure. The Economist, "Thailand’s ruling junta is preparing to hold an election—and to win it," 17 May 2018 In late afternoon New York trading, the dollar was recently up 0.8% against the Korean won, while also notching gains against the Thai baht and other currencies. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Rises as Threat of Trade War Intensifies," 19 June 2018 The baht has gained more than 11 percent in the past 12 months, among the best performers in Asia., "Thailand Holds Rate With Inflation Forecast to Reach Target," 14 Feb. 2018 Currencies vulnerable to a yuan devaluation include the South Korean won, Singapore dollar and Thai baht, as well as those of other export-dependent Asian nations, analysts said. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Sharp Drops in Currencies Hint at Spreading Volatility," 15 Apr. 2018 Thailand might be worried about America’s response to further monetary easing, which would help reverse the baht’s recent strength. The Economist, "The next Japan is not China but Thailand," 5 Apr. 2018 Foreigners found working without a work permit can face fines of up to 100,000 baht ($3,200) and imprisonment for up to five years. Washington Post, "Russian sex guru and followers make Thai court appearance," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of baht

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baht

Thai bàad

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