noun, often attributive dol·lar \ ˈdä-lər \
Updated on: 16 Jan 2018

Definition of dollar

1 : taler
2 : any of numerous coins patterned after the taler (such as a Spanish peso)
3 a : 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

Examples of dollar in a Sentence

  1. She had to pay hundreds of dollars in auto repairs.

  2. She put a wrinkled dollar down on the counter.

  3. The dollar dropped sharply against the pound.

  4. the strength of the dollar

  5. The dollar is worth more in Mexico.

Recent Examples of dollar from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of dollar

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

dollar Synonyms

bone [slang], buck, clam, one, smacker [slang]
Related Words
greenback; dead presidents [slang]

DOLLAR Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of dollar for English Language Learners

  • : 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

DOLLAR Defined for Kids


noun dol·lar \ ˈdä-lər \

Definition of dollar for Students

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

History for dollar

In the early 1500s, much of the silver used to mint coins in Europe came from the mountains on the current border of Germany and the Czech Republic. A mine in these mountains near the town of Sankt Joachimstal produced a coin called in German the Joachimstaler, or Taler for short. In the Dutch form daler, this word was borrowed into English and applied to similar silver coins. One such coin was the Spanish peso, which circulated in England's North American colonies. When the newly independent American colonies settled on an official money unit in 1785, they chose the name dollar after this familiar coin.

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