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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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 The oldest of the coins is a Damascus dirham, a currency used on the Middle East, dated to 714. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This 13 Year Old Helped Find Viking Treasure In Germany," 18 Apr. 2018 In January, Morocco widened the band in which the dirham can fluctuate to 2.5 percent up and down from 0.6 percent earlier. Ahmed Feteha, Bloomberg.com, "IMF Says Morocco Can Take Its Time With Currency Reforms," 15 Mar. 2018 However, flydubai’s profits are still less than half the 100.7 million dirham-mark ($27.4 million) recorded in 2015. Washington Post, "Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increase," 21 Feb. 2018 The first stage, originally planned for mid-2017, was delayed after fears of a weaker dirham prompted a rush for foreign currency. Bloomberg.com, "Morocco Says Currency Float Up to 15 Years Away as Reforms Vital," 29 Jan. 2018 Real estate transactions are done in Moroccan dirhams, though properties are sometimes listed in euros, Ms. Belouchi said. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Morocco," 4 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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