di·​nar | \ di-ˈnär How to pronounce dinar (audio) , ˈdē-ˌnär \

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

Examples of dinar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With their means, even the most ordinary things are out of reach—even entry to a public park in Amman costs a dinar per person, an unthinkable expense. Lydia Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Among Syria’s Exiles in Jordan," 8 Jan. 2020 Among other assistance, Russia printed billions of Libyan dinars for Hifter to pay his troops and co-opt tribes to support his advance, according to analysts. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin's fingerprints escalated Libya’s conflict, threatening a wider war in the Middle East," 20 Dec. 2019 Today, our dinar is collapsing and corruption is everywhere. BostonGlobe.com, "Political outsider certain to win Tunisian election - The Boston Globe," 14 Oct. 2019 Even under Hussein, bank notes featuring his likeness were not used in Iraqi Kurdistan (the region used earlier versions of the Iraqi dinar instead). Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How countries use bank notes to celebrate — and confront — their own history," 16 July 2019 The dinar has lost half its value since the revolution. The Economist, "Tunisia’s presidential race becomes a contest of outsiders," 16 Sep. 2019 The 25,000 dinar notes first printed in 2003 included a Kurdish farmer on the front. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How countries use bank notes to celebrate — and confront — their own history," 16 July 2019 Toulouse reportedly offered his troops an extra payment of gold dinars to venture close to the guarded walls under cover of darkness and fill in part of the ditch. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem," 24 July 2019 Before late 2018, the rate was highly volatile and could reach up to 10 dinars per dollar. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dinar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dinar

Time Traveler for dinar

Time Traveler

The first known use of dinar was in 1634

See more words from the same year

Statistics for dinar

Last Updated

5 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dinar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinar. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dinar

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dinar

Britannica English: Translation of dinar for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dinar

Comments on dinar

What made you want to look up dinar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!