leu

noun
\ ˈlā-ü How to pronounce leu (audio) \
plural lei\ ˈlā How to pronounce lei (audio) \

Definition of leu

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

Examples of leu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, Romanian lawmakers approved a bill to convert Swiss-franc loans into leu at below-market rates, but the law was struck down as unconstitutional by a court and no longer applies. Washington Post, "Why Polish Banks Face a Reckoning Over Franc Loans," 4 Oct. 2019 Any couple who could stay sober for six months would receive a cash prize of 1,000 leu ($240) and jobs. Madeline Roache / Puhoi, Time, "'You’re Not a Person if You Don’t Drink.' How This Tiny European Country Developed the World's Worst Drinking Problem," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Leu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leu. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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Medical Definition of Leu

leucine; leucyl

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