dir·​ham ˈdir-həm How to pronounce dirham (audio)
: the basic monetary unit of Morocco and United Arab Emirates see Money Table
: 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 Sources suggest Delhi's suggestion of making some payments in U.A.E. dirhams, instead of the yuan, if not the rupee, are also running into trouble. Gaurav Sharma, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Moroccans who violate the law could face six months to three years in prison and a fine of up to 1000 dirhams. Averi Kremposky, Peoplemag, 25 July 2023 Jabari insists that the water bar, although frequented by suited businessmen who work in the surrounding Dubai Media City, is not only for wealthy patrons, saying the water, costing 2 dirhams, or 54 U.S. cents, per 500 milliliters (around 16.9 fluid ounces), isn’t too expensive. Nick El Hajj, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2023 Kamani’s land—which saw a record-breaking sale of 125 million dirhams—is about half the size of a standard football field, which is around 57,600 square feet. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2023 The previous record was set in 2008, when a license plate sold for around $14 million (52 million dirhams). Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2023 Besides the Indian rupee, India’s trade payments to Russia have been a mix of UAE dirhams and the Chinese yuan so far. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 11 May 2023 Businessman Balvinder Singh Sahni, known as Abu Sabah, purchased plate D 5 in 2016 for 33 million dirhams. Low De Wei, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 The latest auction broke a record set in 2008 by local businessman Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri, who paid 52.2 million dirhams for a plate bearing the number 1 in Abu Dhabi. Low De Wei, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Arabic, from Latin drachma drachma

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirham was in 1788

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“Dirham.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirham. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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