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


buck, clam, one

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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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Protests and regulatory back-and-forth can cost companies millions, if not billions, of dollars. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "Building pipeline support, one chicken, lamb and goat at a time," 5 July 2018 New hire Corey Cave spent three years and tens of thousands of dollars to log enough hours. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Regional airlines hurt by worsening pilot shortage: "It should be a national concern"," 4 July 2018 The fund’s GoFundMe page stopped accepting donations on June 30, with $9,813,900 collected from 36,687 donors, ranging from individuals who pledged $5 to large corporations, which gave tens of thousands of dollars. Ron Hurtibise,, "Parkland victims' fund distribution ranges from $400,000 to $1,000 each," 2 July 2018 Importantly, there is a multiplier effect for every dollar invested. miamiherald, "Influencers set their priorities for Florida, Floridians," 18 June 2018 While the production Energica Ego is no slouch, with a top speed of around 150mph and a 0-60mph time of three seconds, the bike is a far cry from the multi-million-dollar MotoGP monsters that can reach over 220mph. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "From a roar to a whirr -- MotoGP goes electric," 14 June 2018 In other words, a typical CEO makes about $80 for each dollar earned by workers, a difference of about 8,000 percent. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona CEOs earn about 80 times more than average workers at their companies," 13 June 2018 Sterling Bay is scheduled to make its first public presentation next week on the multibillion-dollar Lincoln Yards project, a site that was pitched to Amazon for its second headquarters. Ryan Ori,, "General Iron to sell North Side land site, move out in 2020," 13 July 2018 At $700 billion this year, military spending is more than half of the trillion-dollar budget that Congress allocates each year, and that doesn’t even include spending on veterans’ health and benefits. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 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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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


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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