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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What’s Happening The South African rand, Brazilian real and Russian ruble have all surged more than 4% against the dollar in the first six weeks of 2019, along with rising stock markets around the world. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "The Rally in Emerging-Market Currencies Needs More Fuel to Continue," 8 Feb. 2019 After Trump’s tweet, the Turkish lira lost about 0.84 percent of its value against the dollar. John Hudson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s vow to ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economy rattles negotiations over Syria," 14 Jan. 2019 The dollar was up 1.6% against the Brazilian real in late New York trading, and gained against the South African rand, Turkish lira and other emerging-market currencies. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Emerging-Market Currencies Drop," 22 Jan. 2019 Known as the MakerBot Method, the printer is supposed to bridge the gap between its parent company’s expensive industrial machines, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the cheaper desktop printers that MakerBot is known for. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 Well, for Jeff Bezos, who has 165 billion of those dollars, that action is utterly worthless. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 The company, which has a market cap of more than $1 trillion dollars and is run by the world’s richest man, has received $1.6 billion in subsidies from 129 communities since 2000, according to the nonprofit Good Jobs First. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 Yet the wrong code can lead to an overcharge of hundreds — or thousands — of dollars. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 2018 Sacagawea’s likeness is even on a dollar commemorative coin, first issued in 2000. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 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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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 \

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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