li·​bra | \ for senses 1 & 2a ˈlē-brə How to pronounce libra (audio) , sometimes ˈlī-brə, for sense 2b ˈlē-brə or ˈlēv-rə How to pronounce libra (audio) \

Definition of libra

1 capitalized
a : a southern zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Scorpio represented by a pair of scales
b(1) : the seventh sign of the zodiac in astrology — see Signs of the Zodiac Table
(2) : one born under the sign of Libra
2a plural librae\ ˈlī-​ˌbrē How to pronounce librae (audio) , ˈlē-​ˌbrī \ [L] : an ancient Roman unit of weight equal to 327.45 grams
b [Spanish & Portuguese, from Latin] : any of various Spanish, Portuguese, Colombian, or Venezuelan units of weight

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Recent Examples on the Web Bitcoin prices soared to almost $14,000 in the summer, amid excitement over Facebook Inc.’s plans to launch its own libra cryptocurrency. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Bitcoin Has Biggest New-Year Rally Since 2012," 15 Jan. 2020 Me: 22, transmasc femme NB libra with a penchant for aggressive femmes and routine strap-on rodeos. Anying Guo, Washington Post, "This Instagram account became wildly popular for its queer personal ads — and now it’s a dating app," 27 Dec. 2019 If the project lives up to the mock-ups, buying, selling, holding, sending and receiving libras will be a doddle. The Economist, "Facebook wants to create a digital currency," 18 June 2019 If libra successfully gets off the ground and in wide use (there are a lot of ifs here), people could presumably use it to shop right on Instagram, or make purchases from ads. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Instagram is going to show you even more ads," 26 June 2019 As with other cryptocurrencies, people will be able to buy and sell libras on exchanges for traditional currencies. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Behind Libra, Facebook’s new digital currency," 18 June 2019 As with other cryptocurrencies, people will be able to buy and sell libras on exchanges for traditional currencies. Anick Jesdanun,, "Facebook is creating a new digital currency, Libra. Here’s what that means.," 18 June 2019 But not right away. Born a Libra like his father, Els’s son was slow to crawl, slow to walk, and slow to talk. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Ernie Els’s Inner Voice Was Quieted When His Son Was Slow to Speak," 13 June 2016 Libra: Your gift to make anything beautiful will go beyond this week, so wave your magic wand! Cosmopolitan, "Your Weekly Horoscope By Astrologist Kiki T," 6 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of libra

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for libra

Middle English, from Latin (genitive Librae), literally, scales, pound

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“Libra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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Li·​bra | \ ˈlē-brə, ˈlī- \

Kids Definition of Libra

1 : a constellation between Virgo and Scorpio imagined as a pair of scales
2 : the seventh sign of the zodiac or a person born under this sign

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