bal·​boa bal-ˈbō-ə How to pronounce balboa (audio)
: the traditional basic monetary unit of Panama see Money Table

Examples of balboa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using cryptocurrency will be optional for Panama’s citizens, as opposed to replacing the Panamanian balboa—just as Bitcoin is used alongside the U.S. dollar in El Salvador. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 One of Marcano Quiles’ treasures is the Panamanian balboa coin, one of Panama’s official currencies, as a necklace that is only owned by the Alpha Alpha chapter’s brothers. Ashley Maria Bermúdez / Special To The Sentinel,, 25 Nov. 2021

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Word History


borrowed from Spanish, from Vasco Núñez de balboa

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balboa was circa 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Balboa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Bal·​boa bal-ˈbō-ə How to pronounce Balboa (audio)
Vasco Núñez de 1475–1519 Spanish explorer and conquistador

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