bo·​li·​var | \bə-ˈlē-ˌvär, ˈbä-lə-vər \
plural bolivares\ˌbä-​lə-​ˈvär-​ˌās, ˌbō-​lē-​ \ or bolivars

Definition of bolivar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the basic monetary unit of Venezuela — see Money Table


biographical name

Definition of Bolívar (Entry 2 of 2)

Si*món \sē-​ˌmōn-​bə-​ˈlē-​ˌvär; ˌsī-​mən-​ˈbä-​lə-​ˌvär, -​vər\ 1783–1830 South American liberator

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With inflation slated to exceed 1.3 million percent this year, gold has supplanted the worthless national currency, the bolivar, for the Pemon Indians living in hamlets inside the park. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 But many economists predict it’ll collapse almost immediately, as the government continues to print bolivars with abandon to fund a deficit estimated at over 20 percent of gross domestic product. Jorge Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Maduro buys gold to boost savings amid five-digit inflation," 3 Sep. 2018 Maduro set the new monthly minimum wage at 1,800 sovereign bolivars, the new currency that goes into effect Monday. Fox News, "Venezuela hikes wages ahead of monetary overhaul," 17 Aug. 2018 Photographer: Wil Riera/Bloomberg Falcon is campaigning on a plan to remedy Venezuela's economic meltdown by swapping its near-worthless bolivar with the U.S. dollar as Ecuador and El Salvador have done. Philip Brian Tabuas,, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 Chávez was inaugurated in February 1999, in the midst of a recovery in oil prices and with the bolivar at 576 to the dollar. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Long Road to Hell," 10 June 2018 The salary increase ordered by Maduro will simply put more bolivares in the hands of consumers, who will rush to buy the few products available in stores and thereby drive prices even higher. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "In Venezuela, inflation quadruples to 18,000 percent in two months, with no end in sight | Miami Herald," 2 May 2018 Venezuela's bolivar has lost most of its value due to the country's hyperinflation. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuela's currency is worth so little that artisans are making purses out it," 20 June 2018 Per Google, one U.S. dollar is worth 68,915 bolivar. Chris Morris, Fortune, "'World of Warcraft' Currency Is Now Worth 7 Times as Much as Venezuela's Cash," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of bolivar


1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bolivar


American Spanish bolívar, from Simón Bolívar

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