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

Examples of hryvnia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The judge set bail at 75.7 million hryvnias ($1.9 million). Reuters, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2024 The families of soldiers who are killed will be sent at a one-time payment of 15 million hryvnias, or about $380,000. Marc Santora, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Under pressure, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, announced last week that the City Council would earmark an additional 600 million Ukrainian hryvnias, about $16 million, to the military in this year’s budget. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 This process will resemble what Russia did in Kherson: moving the local economy off the Ukrainian hryvnia and onto the ruble, changing the school curriculum, and the repulsive practice of stealing Ukrainian children and sending them to Russia for adoption. Mick Ryan, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2022 Ukrainian investigative journalists have highlighted overpayment for basic supplies for the army, like eggs for 17 hryvnia, or 47 cents, each — far above prevailing prices, according to a report in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, a Ukrainian newspaper. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2023 Alla had to exchange her Ukrainian hryvnias with a 10% fee. Samya Kullab and Hanna Arhirova, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2023 The hryvnia, Ukraine’s currency, would be replaced by the Russian ruble, analysts say. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 Bitcoin traded at a premium against the Ukrainian hryvnia on a number of exchanges after Russia's invasion of the country last year. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 26 June 2023

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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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“Hryvnia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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