dollar

noun, often attributive
dol·​lar | \ˈdä-lər \

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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Among precious metals, front-month Comex gold for November delivery fell 0.7% to $1,211.20 a troy ounce, hurt by a stronger dollar that makes commodities denominated in the U.S. currency more expensive for overseas buyers. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Declines on Tariff Worries," 27 Nov. 2018 Roadways received 10 federal dollars for every single local dollar. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Riders earn points for every dollar spent on Uber’s various products: one point for Uber Pool and Uber Eats orders; two points for UberX, UberXL, Select, and wheelchair accessible vehicles; and three points for Uber Black and Black SUV. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber rolls out its own airlines-style rewards program," 14 Nov. 2018 The organization Givewell details what a select group of high-impact charities can do with donations as small as a few dollars. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "How to Use Money as an Extension of Your Political Voice," 6 Nov. 2018 Oh, and about 30 memory foam pillows on sale for a dollar each, since pillows are always in demand. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Drove a Pickup Full of Supplies to a Town Flooded by Florence, and Here Is What I Saw," 25 Sep. 2018 Fears of a collapse of the Mexican peso have so far proved fleeting, as the national currency experienced one of its sharpest upsurges in years following Lopez Obrador’s election, thanks in part to a downturn in the value of the U.S. dollar. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Once denounced as a political threat, Lopez Obrador is now the darling of Mexico," 10 July 2018 China’s yuan has sagged against the dollar this year, which might require the central bank to intervene in currency markets. San Antonio Express-News, "China’s options to hit US go beyond imports," 9 July 2018 Of course, the U.S. government spends an order of magnitude more money on space programs than the EU does, and the dollars are really flowing now that the Pentagon is heavy into enhancing its capabilities in space. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 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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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

the dollar : the value of a dollar when it is compared to another unit of money

dollar

noun
dol·​lar | \ˈdä-lər \

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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