hryv·​nia | \ ˈ(h)riv-nē-ə How to pronounce hryvnia (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hryvna \ ˈ(h)riv-​nə How to pronounce hryvna (audio) \
plural hryvnia or hryvnias also hryvna or hryvnas

Definition of hryvnia

the basic monetary unit of Ukraine — see Money Table

Examples of hryvnia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seeking to calm some of the public fears about pilgrims bringing in the virus, the chief rabbi of Ukraine, Moshe Azman, donated 2.5 million hryvnia, or about $90,000, to a hospital in Uman to help treat coronavirus patients. Maria Varenikova, New York Times, "On Ukraine’s Border, the Coronavirus Ends a Hasidic Pilgrimage," 18 Sep. 2020 On the tape, a man with a voice that sounds like Honcharuk said Zelenskiy’s economic knowledge is limited and suggests illustrating the effects of a stronger hryvnia and slower inflation to the president through the price of a popular salad. Andrea Dudik,, "Ukraine’s Leading Duo Make Show of Unity to Defuse Leak Scandal," 8 May 2020 The attraction of -- and for -- Ukrainian workers is clear: their pay back home averages 7,100 hryvnia ($265) a month, compared with 3,500 zloty ($1,046) in Poland. Daryna Krasnolutska,, "Lure of Polish Riches Leaves Ukraine Bereft of Workers," 19 Feb. 2018 On the other hand, those unlucky enough to hold bonds or deposits denominated in Ukrainian hryvnia suffered a 30% loss in dollar terms, by his calculations. The Economist, "Emerging marketsCountries rarely default on their debts," 19 Dec. 2017 Its currency, the hryvnia, has lost over two-thirds of its value against the dollar since 2014, further exacerbating poverty in what was already one of the poorest countries in Europe. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "A Miserable 2017 for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Just Got Worse," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of hryvnia

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hryvnia

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

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27 Sep 2020

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“Hryvnia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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