gourde

noun
\ ˈgu̇rd How to pronounce gourde (audio) \

Definition of gourde

the basic monetary unit of Haiti — see Money Table

Examples of gourde in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before 2015, the exchange rate was 40 gourdes to $1. Washington Post, "Deadly protests squeeze Haitians in shrinking economy," 4 Oct. 2019 Before 2015, the exchange rate was 40 gourdes to $1. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deadly protests squeeze Haitians in shrinking economy," 3 Oct. 2019 The government turned to Haiti’s Central Bank for money, which sparked a devaluation of the Haitian gourde and led to a spike in inflation. Washington Post, "Deadly protests squeeze Haitians in shrinking economy," 4 Oct. 2019 The government turned to Haiti’s Central Bank for money, which sparked a devaluation of the Haitian gourde and led to a spike in inflation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deadly protests squeeze Haitians in shrinking economy," 3 Oct. 2019 Jean Claude collects dollars from someone in Miami looking to send money home to Haiti, and Acela delivers gourdes to their relatives in Port-de-Paix. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 To pad what can otherwise be thin margins, Acela has honed a kind of exchange-rate arbitrage, hoarding gourdes from purchases at the depot until the dollar weakens. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 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

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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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“Gourde.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gourde. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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