\ ˈgu̇rd How to pronounce gourde (audio) \

Definition of gourde

the basic monetary unit of Haiti — see Money Table

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An hourlong surf lesson costs between 8 and 15 US dollars, much more than Haiti’s daily minimum wage of 290 gourdes ($4.55) for eight hours of work in hotels, restaurants and agriculture. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost," 4 Dec. 2017 The amount — 10,000 gourdes or $159 annually, depending on the exchange rate — was also being required of Haitians living abroad. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Violent protest erupt in Haiti over budget passed on the eve of Hurricane Irma," 12 Sep. 2017 Once the poles were in place, the plan was to pay an off-duty state electrician 15,000 gourdes ($220) to connect people to the grid by siphoning power from a customer who lived down the hill. Michelle W., Longreads, "The Birth of a City, in Fits and Starts," 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of gourde

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gourde

American French

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