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 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, "In a Baghdad bar, a Syrian serves cocktails to fix war woes," 3 Feb. 2021 The Central Bank of Iraq devalued Iraq’s dinar by nearly 20% last year to meet spending obligations. Samya Kullab And Qassim Abdul-zahra, USA TODAY, "Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 28 dead," 21 Jan. 2021 Only Kuwait decided in May 2007 to link the dinar to a basket of currencies as inflation accelerated. Netty Idayu Ismail, Bloomberg.com, "Gulf Currency Pegs Offer Silver Lining in Weaker-Dollar Era," 18 Oct. 2020 In Kuwait, people could be fined up to 5,000 dinars ($16,200) and serve up to three months in prison while Qatar will issue fines of up to 200,000 riyals ($55,000) and a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 17," 18 May 2020 Today, our dinar is collapsing and corruption is everywhere. Washington Post, "As Tunisians vote in presidential runoff, a political outsider is certain to win.," 13 Oct. 2019 In the town of Ben Gardane, dozens of money-changing stalls transform Libyan dinars, dollars and euros into Tunisian currency before the money continues on its way to the capital, Tunis. Maggie Michael, Washington Post, "European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya," 31 Dec. 2019 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

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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