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, Sudan, and Tunisia — see Money Table

b : a monetary subunit of the rial (Iran) — see rial at Money Table

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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 The dolls now sit in my office in Paris, along with a supply of Iraqi dinars with Saddam’s face on them. Time, "This Iraqi Doctor Says He Has the Rope That Hanged Saddam Hussein. Here’s Why He’s Keeping It," 20 Mar. 2018 After a fellow Islamic State member caught him taking photographs — for which his uncle had offered him 3 million Iraqi dinars (about $2,520) — he was imprisoned by the group. Mara Revkin, Washington Post, "How militants in Iraq and Syria recruit and use children," 14 Feb. 2018 The country has also introduced more flexibility into its exchange rate regime, allowing the dinar to depreciate, boosting competitiveness for tourists, trade partners and foreign investors. Souhail Karam, Bloomberg.com, "Tunisia Set to Return to Pre-Revolution Growth in 2020, PM Says," 30 Jan. 2018 The dinar has lost over 40% of its value against the dollar since 2011. The Economist, "Austerity bitesAnger over the Tunisian government’s belt-tightening spills over into unrest," 11 Jan. 2018 One-year forward contracts on the dinar were little changed on Thursday, a day after jumping 145 points. Alaa Shahine, Bloomberg.com, "Even the Smallest Gulf Economy Is Too Big to Fail," 2 Nov. 2017

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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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