lem·​pi·​ra lem-ˈpir-ə How to pronounce lempira (audio)
the basic monetary unit of Honduras see Money Table

Examples of lempira in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gang demanded 1,500 lempiras, or about $60, biweekly. Alfredo Corchado, Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2023 Then the gang increased the amount to 2,500 lempiras. Alfredo Corchado, Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History


American Spanish, from Lempira, 16th century Honduran Indian cacique

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lempira was in 1931

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Cite this Entry

“Lempira.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lempira. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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