li·​ra | \ ˈlir-ə How to pronounce lira (audio) , ˈlē-rə \
plural lire\ ˈlē-​(ˌ)rā How to pronounce lire (audio) \ also liras

Definition of lira

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: the basic monetary unit of Italy until 2002
plural liras

Definition of lira (Entry 2 of 4)

the basic monetary unit of Turkey — see Money Table
plural liroth or lirot\ ˈlē-​ˌrōt How to pronounce lirot (audio) , -​ˌrōth \

Definition of lira (Entry 3 of 4)

: the former Israeli pound
plural liri\ ˈlē-​(ˌ)rē How to pronounce liri (audio) \

Definition of lira (Entry 4 of 4)

: the basic monetary unit of Malta until 2008

First Known Use of lira

Noun (1)

1617, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1871, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

circa 1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lira

Noun (1)

Italian, from Latin libra, a unit of weight

Noun (2)

Turkish, from Italian

Noun (3)

Modern Hebrew, from Italian

Noun (4)

Maltese, from Italian

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lira

Statistics for lira

Cite this Entry

“Lira.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lira

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lira

Spanish Central: Translation of lira

Britannica English: Translation of lira for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about lira

Comments on lira

What made you want to look up lira? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!