dinar

noun
di·​nar | \ di-ˈnär, ˈdē-ˌ\

Definition of dinar 

1 : a gold coin formerly used in countries of southwest Asia and north Africa
2a : the basic monetary unit of Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Serbia, and Tunisia — see Money Table
b : a monetary subunit of the rial (Iran) — see rial at Money Table

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In a bid to insulate Kuwait from the unrest in the region in 2011, the emir ordered 1,000 dinar ($3,559) grants and free food coupons for every Kuwaiti. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 As Arab Spring protests convulsed the region in 2011, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, ordered 1,000 dinar ($3,559) grants and free food coupons for every Kuwaiti. Hussain Al-qatari, Fox News, "Kuwait's highest court sentences lawmakers to prison," 8 July 2018 Last month’s strike in Tunisia involved some 650,000 civil servants and followed a breakdown in negotiations with the government over a pay raise, which workers say is badly needed since the Tunisian dinar lost 21% of its value in 2017. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Tightened Belts in Mideast Stir Memories of Arab Spring," 5 Dec. 2018 Tunisia’s currency, the dinar, shed 21% of its value against the euro in 2017. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Nation That Sparked Arab Spring Finds Itself a Springboard for Illegal Migration," 27 Aug. 2018 MPs wager the bill would expand the tax base to 10% of the population, up from 3%, and raise a modest 300m dinars a year. The Economist, "Jordan’s King Abdullah tries to calm an angry public," 6 June 2018 Protesters who blockaded oil fields in the southern governorate of Tataouine for more than a month in 2017 eventually won promises for 3,500 local jobs and an 80 million dinar, or $32 million, fund for local development. Chantal Berman, Washington Post, "Why do Tunisians keep protesting?," 19 Jan. 2018 The migrants reportedly paid 2,000 to 3,000 Tunisian dinars ($780 to $1,170) for the crossing, according to Lorena Lando, IOM chief of mission in Tunisia. Sarah El Sirgany And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "With 100 killed, Tunisia boat wreck becomes year's deadliest migrant disaster," 5 June 2018 Dozens of these even took part in the Iraqi central bank’s currency auctions in 2014 and 2015, allowing the group to convert Iraqi dinars into dollars, before the government at last cracked down on them. The Economist, "Islamic State has been stashing millions of dollars in Iraq and abroad," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dinar

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dinar

Arabic dīnār, from Late Greek dēnarion denarius, from Latin denarius — more at denier

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