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

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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 In the wake of that offensive, the government imposed a 183% fee on private currency transactions, devaluing the dinar to $3.90 to reduce the gap between the official and black market rate. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 Partly because of those measures, the Tunisian dinar has been losing value, and inflation is at nearly 8 percent. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Is Tunisia Ready for Gender Equality?," 4 Apr. 2019 Have a few dinars for hotel porters and housekeeping, and feel free to round up metered taxi fares. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 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

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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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