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 The restaurateur, Muhammad Taher, soon opened his first shop, Our Mansaf in a Cup, offering takeout servings at the bargain price of one dinar, about $1.40. New York Times, 26 June 2022 Mexican peso and Yugoslavian dinar experienced hyperinflation during or after the Games. Alberto Cervantes, WSJ, 23 July 2021 The Tunisian dinar is weakening, inflation is rising, and public debt has climbed to 88% of GDP raising fears Tunisia is rapidly approaching default. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Oct. 2021 Since 2011, half of the Tunisian dinar’s value has vanished; unemployment is currently at about 18% and has been as high as 32% in some regions; corruption is endemic; and the government bungled its response to the Covid pandemic. Safwan M. Masri, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2021 The laws parliament did pass included austerity measures to secure IMF funding, leading to government hiring freezes, the devaluation of the Tunisian dinar, and a dramatic increase in the cost of goods and food – further fueling discontent. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2021 My Dumbest Investment From R.G., online: My dumbest investment was buying foreign currency — specifically the Iraqi dinar. Scott Burns, Dallas News, 2 May 2021 The Central Bank of Iraq devalued Iraq's dinar by nearly 20% last year to meet spending obligations. Star Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021 In response to the severe liquidity crisis, the Finance Ministry recently devalued the Iraqi dinar, which is pegged to the dollar, by over 20%. Samya Kullab, Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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“Dinar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinar. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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