hryv·​nia | \ ˈ(h)riv-nē-ə How to pronounce hryvnia (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hryvna \ ˈ(h)riv-​nə How to pronounce hryvnia (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 The Yeti Metal bands in Ukraine may be a dime a dozen, or — if Ukrainian currency is handy — a hryvnia a kopiyok. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 Worse, the organization let Deniskin pay down his suspension to just three games, for a cost of $50,000 Ukrainian hryvnia, or about $1,870 US., 2 Oct. 2021 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 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, 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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“Hryvnia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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