noun, often attributive
dol·​lar | \ ˈdä-lər How to pronounce dollar (audio) \

Definition of dollar

1 : taler
2 : any of numerous coins patterned after the taler (such as a Spanish peso)
3a : any of various basic monetary units (as in the U.S. and Canada) — see Money Table
b : a coin, note, or token representing one dollar
4 : ringgit
5 : money obtained from a specific source the tourism dollar

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for dollar


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Did you know?

In the mountains of Bohemia is the small town of Jáchymov. In the early 16th century, the town was known by its German name, Sankt Joachimstal. At that time, a silver mine was opened nearby, and coins were minted to which the name joachimstaler was applied. In German this was shortened to Taler. Shortly afterward the Dutch or Low German form daler was borrowed into English to refer to the Taler and other coins that were patterned after it, such as the Spanish peso, which circulated widely in Britain’s North American colonies. Our modern word dollar is a different spelling of this daler. When the newly independent American colonies settled on an official monetary unit in 1785, they chose the name dollar.

Examples of dollar in a Sentence

She had to pay hundreds of dollars in auto repairs. She put a wrinkled dollar down on the counter. The dollar dropped sharply against the pound. the strength of the dollar The dollar is worth more in Mexico.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Twelve-ounce bags are $12, and with each purchase Senn donates a dollar to Second Harvest Heartland. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 The first six months of this year saw a larger number, and higher dollar volume of listings of Chinese firms in the US, than any year in the last decade. Jane Li, Quartz, 16 July 2021 All other eligible purchases will continue to earn the usual two points per dollar. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 July 2021 Users earn 100 points per dollar with every purchase and are connected through the company’s mobile app, where they are automatically enrolled., 9 July 2021 Finally, how much should the market pay per dollar of Morgan Stanley’s earnings? Trefis Team, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Considering carbon emissions per dollar of revenue for a company, or per square foot of occupied space, could be appropriate. H. Scott Matthews, Fortune, 25 June 2021 The lira fell past 8.60 per U.S. dollar on news of the indictment, extending what was already a record low fueled by concern that Turkish monetary policy was too loose to curb inflation. Selcan Hacaoglu,, 28 May 2021 The yuan has also appreciated below 6.4 per dollar this week, its strongest level since 2018. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 27 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dollar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dollar

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dollar

Dutch or Low German daler, from German Taler, short for Joachimstaler, from Sankt Joachimsthal, Bohemia, where talers were first made

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About dollar

Dictionary Entries Near dollar

doll's head



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dollar

Last Updated

20 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dollar



English Language Learners Definition of dollar

: a basic unit of money in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and other countries that is equal to 100 cents
: a bill or coin that is worth one dollar
technical : the value of a dollar when it is compared to another unit of money


dol·​lar | \ ˈdä-lər How to pronounce dollar (audio) \

Kids Definition of dollar

: any of various coins or pieces of paper money (as of the United States or Canada) equal to 100 cents

More from Merriam-Webster on dollar

Nglish: Translation of dollar for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of dollar for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about dollar


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!