Definition of dollar
- the tourism dollar
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.
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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 offi cial monetary unit in 1785, they chose the name dollar.
First Known Use: 1553See Words from the same year
: 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
the dollar : the value of a dollar when it is compared to another unit of money
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