hryv·​nia ˈ(h)riv-nē-ə How to pronounce hryvnia (audio)
variants or less commonly hryvna
plural hryvnia or hryvnias also hryvna or hryvnas
the basic monetary unit of Ukraine see Money Table

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Waltz noted that in occupied areas, Moscow is already installing government offices, replacing the Ukrainian hryvnia with the Russian ruble as currency, handing out Russian passports and flooding the airwaves with pro-Kremlin media. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 According to the New York Times, the Eastern European country processes more transactions per day in cryptocurrency than in its fiat currency, the hryvnia. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 The struggle is finding loans or donations to cover a massive budget deficit for next year — and do it without using central bank bailouts that risk wrecking Ukraine's currency, the hryvnia. David Mchugh, ajc, 3 Dec. 2022 Though supermarkets have been rebranded and filled with Russian products, the Ukrainian hryvnia, not the Russian ruble, remains the dominant currency, locals say. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 Her family of four received 20,000 hryvnia — about $540 — which is roughly Ukraine’s average monthly salary before the war. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2022 The ongoing war and the devaluation of the hryvnia against the dollar continue to crush that investment. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The head of Zaporizhzhia said Tuesday the hryvnia would be gone from his region by the end of the year. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 Soldiers went door to door, offering 5,000 Ukrainian hryvnia — roughly $135 — per person. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Ukrainian gryvnya 3-kopeck coin of pre-independence Ukraine, from Old Russian grivĭna necklace, ring, weight, coin, from griva mane

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hryvnia was in 1991

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Cite this Entry

“Hryvnia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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