cru·​zei·​ro | \ krü-ˈzer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce cruzeiro (audio) , -(ˌ)ü \
plural cruzeiros

Definition of cruzeiro

: 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, "Emerging marketsMost, but not all, emerging markets have overcome high inflation," 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, "Venezuela's crypto-currency: salvation or scam?," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cruzeiro

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Cruzeiro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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