cru·​zei·​ro krü-ˈzer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce cruzeiro (audio)
plural cruzeiros
: the basic monetary unit of Brazil from 1942 to 1986 and from 1991 to 1993

Examples of cruzeiro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The old currency, the cruzeiro, had been debased, suffering annual price rises reaching 2,500%. The Economist, 10 Oct. 2019 Brazil slew inflation in the early 1990s by replacing the cruzeiro with a new currency, the real, managed by a central bank that came to be seen as trustworthy. The Economist, 17 Mar. 2018

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Word History



First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cruzeiro was in 1927

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“Cruzeiro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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cru·​zei·​ro krü-ˈze(ə)r-ō How to pronounce cruzeiro (audio)
plural cruzeiros
: the former basic unit of money of Brazil
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