fo·​rint | \ ˈfȯr-ˌint How to pronounce forint (audio) \
plural forints also forint

Definition of forint

the basic monetary unit of Hungary — see Money Table

Examples of forint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, Hungary ordered banks to convert the equivalent of $14 billion in foreign-currency (mostly Swiss-franc) household loans to its national currency, the forint, at a set exchange rate and to offer some refunds to borrowers. Washington Post, "Why Polish Banks Face a Reckoning Over Franc Loans," 4 Oct. 2019 Some other emerging-market currencies also weakened, with the South African rand and the Hungarian forint falling about 2.6% and 1.7%, respectively. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Turkish Crisis Rattles Global Markets Amid Escalating Spat With U.S.," 11 Aug. 2018 Mr Orban forced the banks to redenominate the mortgages in forints at favourable rates. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 Hotel staff also expect tips in forints so have them handy for porters, maids, waitstaff, etc. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 The Hungarian forint was little changed at 314.02 per euro, after rising 0.3 percent, while the Czech koruna strengthened 0.4 percent. Adrian Krajewski,, "East European Currencies Whipsaw on Dollar Gains, EU Budget," 2 May 2018 The European Union’s plans to cut funding to the region ended a brief recovery in the Polish zloty and Hungarian forint, which held close to the weakest levels in months against the euro following Tuesday’s thin-liquidity driven sell-off. Adrian Krajewski,, "East European Currencies Whipsaw on Dollar Gains, EU Budget," 2 May 2018 Although the price of this particular listing is given in euros, most real estate transactions in Hungary are done in forints. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Hungary," 20 June 2018 The Czech koruna and the Hungarian forint weakened by 0.4 percent. Ewa Krukowska,, "EU Regional Aid to Shrink Under Plan Rebuked by Eastern Members," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of forint

1946, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Forint.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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