dollar

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

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Synonyms for dollar

Synonyms

bone [slang], buck, clam, one, smacker [slang]

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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 offi cial 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.
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The pop star ended up buying the home in October 2017 for $18 million dollars, but Andrew did not receive a commission. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Taylor Swift Just Won A $1 Million Legal Battle Against An New York City Real Estate Company," 25 Jan. 2019 Amazon already grabs about 50 cents of every dollar spent online, but that dominance doesn’t yet extend to groceries, which are still mainly bought in stores. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women in the construction industry earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns, compared to the US average of 80 cents. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 Women in New York City earn 89 cents for every dollar a man earns. Alicia Glen, Marie Claire, "Alicia Glen of Women.NYC on Helping Women and Female-Led Business Get the Money They Deserve," 3 Apr. 2019 On average, women make eighty cents for each dollar a man takes home. Glamour, "Real Women Remember the Horror of Finding Out They Were Paid Less Than Men," 2 Apr. 2019 Once split with the other family members, Amy earned a few thousand dollars for a couple days' work. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amy Roloff's Net Worth Goes Way Beyond 'Little People, Big World'," 2 Apr. 2019 This inevitably puts the rights of multibillion dollar companies to control every fleeting use of their intellectual property far above an average user's right to not be censored by an algorithm that's looking out for Disney's bottom line. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect," 26 Mar. 2019 Make sure to do the math before you book, as paying the fees for add-ons like your seat or extra bag may end up costing more than the $100 or so dollars to upgrade to the next fare class. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Europe from $323 Round-Trip," 20 Dec. 2018

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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

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More Definitions for dollar

dollar

noun

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

dollar

noun
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

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