bal·​boa | \ bal-ˈbō-ə How to pronounce balboa (audio) \

Definition of balboa

: 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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First Known Use of balboa

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balboa

Spanish, from Vasco Núñez de Balboa

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“Balboa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Balboa biographical name

Bal·​boa | \ bal-ˈbō-ə How to pronounce Balboa (audio) \

Definition of Balboa

Vasco Núñez de 1475–1519 Spanish explorer and conquistador

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