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

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Recent Examples on the Web Those who flouted the rules were subject to imprisonment or a fine up to about $272,000 (1 million dirham). Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Dubai Allows Gyms, Cinemas to Reopen As Lockdown Restrictions Ease (Video)," 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, "Mubadala to Weigh Buying Jadwa’s U.A.E. Health-Care Assets," 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, "Panel takes troubled Dubai developer’s disputes in downturn," 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, "Where you should eat, visit, and stay in Marrakech," 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, "Moroccan families mourn drowning of 45 who used risky migration route to Spain," 7 Feb. 2020 Leaving 20 to 30 dirhams (the equivalent of $2 to $3) is also just fine. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 Sberbank fell as much as 0.6 percent in Moscow to 265.5 rubles, while Emirates NBD declined 1.2 percent to 8.8 dirhams in Dubai, the most in two weeks. Ercan Ersoy, Bloomberg.com, "Dubai's Biggest Bank Plans March Bid for Sberbank Unit," 19 Feb. 2018 The dirham will move more within its trading range in the coming weeks as banks adapt to the new system and as the economy strengthens, Jouahri said. Bloomberg.com, "Morocco Says Currency Float Up to 15 Years Away as Reforms Vital," 29 Jan. 2018

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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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9 Jun 2020

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“Dirham.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirham. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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