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
5 : money obtained from a specific source the tourism dollar

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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.

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Seven Portland City Council candidates including incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly have qualified to receive taxpayer dollars to help fund their campaigns, leading to more than $550,000 set to be doled out as of Friday, according to the city. oregonlive, "7 candidates for Portland City Council qualify for relaunched taxpayer financing program," 1 Feb. 2020 There was also a larger shift in dollars from the afternoon to evening versions. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland, "Midnight vote by Ohio Senate aims to trim vouchers one way, boost them another," 29 Jan. 2020 After warming up in November with a $20 million dollar run, Trans-Siberian Orchestra played 69 shows between Dec. 1-30, grossing $46.8 million and selling 706,000 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tops December Boxscore Report With Annual Holiday Outing," 22 Jan. 2020 Outside the bazaar’s limited hours, shoppers can find high-end boutiques and dollar stores hawking art, tableware, clothing, and cosmetics at malls like Aberdeen Centre and Yaohan Centre. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "One of the best places to celebrate Lunar New Year is just outside Vancouver," 18 Jan. 2020 Bids will start at $54,000, in U.S. dollars, and all bidders must first register at Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge Auctions Golden Globes Tuxedo on Ebay to Aid Australia Fires," 10 Jan. 2020 The downside includes having to secure a second mortgage to obtain LPs that barely made it to the thrift-store dollar bins a decade earlier. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019 The success of the Commercial Crew program is also considered vital to demonstrating that the private sector can be trusted with taxpayer dollars, validating NASA's efforts to hand over more of its duties. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Business of spaceflight: The 7 biggest moments of the year," 28 Dec. 2019 That gave him a total income of what would roughly amount to $1.3 million in 2019 dollars. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Yankees Got the Larger-Than-Life Babe Ruth," 24 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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