di·​nero di-ˈner-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce dinero (audio)
: money
But we did start thinking about what we would consider bidding on if we had the dinero to randomly splurge on eccentric, eclectic and useless pieces of memorabilia.Daniel Kohn
This kind of date is great because it's super romantic but doesn't typically require any elaborate planning or mucho dinero.Anna Pulley

Word History


borrowed from Spanish, "coin, money," going back to Latin dēnārius "silver coin worth ten asses" — more at denier entry 2

Note: The i in Spanish dinero for expected e (also in Portuguese dinheiro, Catalan diner, Gascon dinè) is perhaps due to the influence of Greek dēnárion, borrowed from the Latin word. In early post-classical and medieval Greek the eta in the first syllable would have been pronounced [i].

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinero was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Dinero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinero. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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