dir·​ham | \ ˈdir-həm How to pronounce dirham (audio) \

Definition of dirham

1 : the basic monetary unit of Morocco and United Arab Emirates — see Money Table
2 : a monetary subunit of the dinar (Libya) and riyal (Qatar) — see dinar, riyal at Money Table

Examples of dirham in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Emirati dirham is pegged to the US dollar and is among the world’s most stable currencies. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 20 July 2022 The United Arab Emirates will set up a 3-billion-dirham ($820-million) fund to develop satellites as well as support an ambitious space program that’s already put a probe into Martian orbit and includes plans to explore Venus. Adveith Nair, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 The sharing of pornographic material can also result in prison time and a fine of up to 500,000 dirham ($136,128). Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Those who flouted the rules were subject to imprisonment or a fine up to about $272,000 (1 million dirham). Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2020 UEMedical last year acquired a controlling stake in Saudi Arabia’s Al Muhaideb Dental Clinics Group in a 500 million dirham ($136 million) deal. Nicolas Parasie, Bloomberg.com, 13 May 2020 The Financial Times, which first reported about the creation of the committee, said around 40 cases valued at several billion Emirati dirhams would be moved to the committee. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2019 About 100 meters up the road, fashion lovers will likely brave the crowds and 100 Moroccan dirham (roughly $10) ticket prices for the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Rachel King, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2020 Zrwal’s 17-year-old son Marwan made plans to leave after not being able to find work beyond occasional day labor, often for no more compensation than 20 dirhams, about $2, a day. Ryley Graham, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of dirham

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dirham

Arabic, from Latin drachma drachma

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3 Aug 2022

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“Dirham.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirham. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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