leu

noun
\ ˈlā-ü \
plural lei\ˈlā \

Definition of leu 

the basic monetary unit of Moldova and Romania — see Money Table

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Together the price of the rugs was 4,800 leu, which was less than buying them online. New York Times, "On the Rug Route in Romania, Kilims and an Enduring Culture," 4 May 2018 The leu, which was eastern Europe’s star performer until Tudose’s surprise departure, was 0.4 percent weaker against the euro Tuesday, trimming this year’s gain to 0.3 percent. Bloomberg.com, "More From The Financial Web," 16 Jan. 2018 The service will begin on at 11AM on February 17,2018 at Robinson Lytle Funeral Home, Indiana PA.In leu of flowers, please donate to Fisher House, an organization that helps military families. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/16," 16 Feb. 2018 The service will begin on at 11AM on February 17,2018 at Robinson Lytle Funeral Home, Indiana PA.In leu of flowers, please donate to Fisher House, an organization that helps military families. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 2/16," 16 Feb. 2018 Despite the political tensions, Romania’s leu has gained 0.7 percent against the euro in 2018 as the central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates for the first time in a decade and signaled more increases to come. Andra Timu, Bloomberg.com, "Romanian Government Falls as Premier Loses Feud With Party Boss," 15 Jan. 2018 The leu, which had been under pressure, gained after the announcement. Andra Timu, Bloomberg.com, "Romania Targets Longer-Lasting Government With New Premier Pick," 17 Jan. 2018 Repaying investors in euros will cost an increasing amount of Romanian leu if the rollback of ECB bond-buying drives the euro higher. Mike Bird, WSJ, "ECB Taper Promises to Set Off Ripples Across Many Markets," 22 Oct. 2017 St. Julian’s graduation robe, football jersey and a flower lei were draped over his chair on the field to honor his memory. The Whittier Daily News, Orange County Register, "Whittier football player dies in hiking accident the day before his high school graduation," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of leu

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leu

Romanian, literally, lion, from Latin leo — more at lion

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Medical Definition of Leu 

leucine; leucyl

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