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
4 : ringgit
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 official 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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Recent Examples on the Web And it’s not much better in a retail store, where optimization is focused on dollar per square foot instead of for the guest experience. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "Shoppable hotel rooms may offer a boost to the recovering industry," 24 Apr. 2021 Some people think that the U.S. should create its own (presumably less Orwellian) version, especially if the country would like to continue to enjoy the benefits of the dollar's being the world's reserve currency. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "The changing of the money," 23 Apr. 2021 And these challenges have solutions where each dollar can help much more. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Increasing the Capital-Gains Tax — Penalizing Initiative, Enterprise, and Not Just ‘the Rich’," 23 Apr. 2021 They're also used to stretching their dollar by taking a vacation in Mexico or the Caribbean. USA Today, "Uncertainty plagues summer travel. What we know (and what we don't)," 23 Apr. 2021 The meal will be available beginning Thursday, and a dollar from each sale will benefit the Boss Life Foundation. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Houston rapper Slim Thug teams up with Chick'nCone for a good cause," 22 Apr. 2021 Flip-flops can be had for as little as a buck at your neighborhood discount dollar store. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "The chancla has become a venerated symbol of Mexican American culture and here's why and how," 22 Apr. 2021 This has led to some recent weakness in the dollar, with investors feeling that re-imposition of lockdowns will delay the economic recovery. Trefis Team, Forbes, "What You Should Know About Newmont Stock’s 7% Gain In A Week?," 21 Apr. 2021 But inflation and interest rates fell, while the U.S. maintained its fiat money and flexible dollar exchange rate. WSJ, "Bob Mundell Was Not Your Usual Economist," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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


dol·​lar | \ ˈdä-lər How to pronounce dollar (audio) \

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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