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

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“Lira.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lira. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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