kar·​bo·​va·​nets ˌkär-bə-ˈvä-nets How to pronounce karbovanets (audio)
plural karbovantsi ˌkär-bə-ˈvän(t)-sē How to pronounce karbovanets (audio) or karbovantsiv ˌkär-bə-ˈvän(t)-sē-ü How to pronounce karbovanets (audio)
: the basic monetary unit of Ukraine during its brief period of independence beginning in 1917 readopted as a transitional monetary unit from 1991 until introduction of the hryvnia in 1996
also : a currency note representing one karbovanets

Note: Some sources use karbovantsi as the plural for the denomination three and karbovantsiv for denominations five or more; other sources use karbovantsi or less commonly karbovantsiv as a general plural.

Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of karbovanets was in 1993

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“Karbovanets.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karbovanets. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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