bo·​li·​var | \ bə-ˈlē-ˌvär How to pronounce bolivar (audio) , ˈbä-lə-vər How to pronounce bolivar (audio) \
plural bolivares\ ˌbä-​lə-​ˈvär-​ˌās How to pronounce bolivares (audio) , ˌbō-​lē-​ \ or bolivars

Definition of bolivar

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: 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 How to pronounce sē-ˌmōn-bə-ˈlē-ˌvär (audio) ; ˌsī-​mən-​ˈbä-​lə-​ˌvär , -​vər\ 1783–1830 South American liberator

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Depending on driving distance from the water point, Sanchez charges about 18 million bolivars to fill an average residential building’s tank. Patricia Laya,, "The Army Took Over the Spigots, Forcing Thirsty Venezuelans to Pay," 25 June 2018 However, Venezuela’s 88%-a-month inflation will halve the bolivar’s spending power in less than two months. Simon Constable, WSJ, "What Is Hyperinflation?," 9 Dec. 2018 According to court documents in the Krull case, the conspiracy involved the use of Venezuela’s two-tiered currency-exchange system in which dollars bought far more bolivars on the black market than at the official government rate. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Ex-Banker Pleads Guilty in Venezuela Money-Laundering Case," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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