kyat

noun
\ ˈchät How to pronounce kyat (audio) \
plural kyats or kyat

Definition of kyat

the basic monetary unit of Myanmar (Burma) — see Money Table

Examples of kyat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ethnic conflicts, violence and instability in the nation formerly known as Burma have left a dollar invested in a kyat at the beginning of the decade worth just 4 tenths of one US cent today. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The best investment of the decade turned $1 into $90,000," 17 Dec. 2019 Although bitcoin has been the star investment of the 2010s, anybody stuck with a spare kyat — the local currency of Myanmar — won't be too happy. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The best investment of the decade turned $1 into $90,000," 17 Dec. 2019 Its key provision allowed street demonstrations if permission was obtained beforehand, with failure to obtain permission punishable by three to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 kyats ($22). Washington Post, "Protesters slam plans to toughen Myanmar public assembly law," 5 Mar. 2018 The ones being sold to Rohingya refugees are much less powerful, with a 20-watt panel going for 20,000 kyat (about $15). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rohingya Refugees Are Using Solar Panels To Save Lives," 26 Dec. 2017 This income goes a long way in Myanmar, where the minimum wage is 3,600 kyat ($2.70) a day. Libby Hogan, CNN, "Untangling Myanmar's trade in human hair," 16 May 2018 Its key provision allowed street demonstrations if permission was obtained beforehand, with failure to obtain permission punishable by three to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 kyats ($22). Washington Post, "Protesters slam plans to toughen Myanmar public assembly law," 5 Mar. 2018 The ones being sold to Rohingya refugees are much less powerful, with a 20-watt panel going for 20,000 kyat (about $15). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rohingya Refugees Are Using Solar Panels To Save Lives," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of kyat

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kyat

Burmese cʸat

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“Kyat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kyat. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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