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noun (1)

li·​ra ˈlir-ə How to pronounce lira (audio)
plural lire ˈlē-(ˌ)rā How to pronounce lira (audio) also liras
: the basic monetary unit of Italy until 2002


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noun (2)

plural liras
the basic monetary unit of Turkey see Money Table


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noun (3)

plural liroth or lirot ˈlē-ˌrōt How to pronounce lira (audio)
: the former Israeli pound


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noun (4)

plural liri ˈlē-(ˌ)rē How to pronounce lira (audio)
: the basic monetary unit of Malta until 2008

Examples of lira in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Turkey’s lira hit fresh record lows against the US dollar on Monday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured victory in Sunday’s presidential election, extending his increasingly authoritarian rule into a third decade. Reuters, CNN, 29 May 2023 The value of the lira plummeted, inflation soared, and the Lebanese thawra (revolution) stalled before it was halted by the advent of Covid. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 27 July 2023 Taxi drivers typically require cash payment, so come prepared with Turkish lira. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023 While many businesses have taken to charging in dollars, public employees who still get their wages in lira have seen their purchasing power crash, with many now relying on remittances from relatives abroad to stay afloat. Fatima Hussein, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2023 There was a business card for the local Quick Cuts and Turkish lira bills in preposterous denominations—ten million, twenty million—from the time before the government slashed six zeros from the currency. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Parking your car at a garage for the night could cost 50 liras ($2.30) one day, 90 liras the next., 7 June 2023 The lira has been trading in a tight range due to the central bank’s efforts to control the currency’s decline through intervention and policies that deter demand for foreign currency. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, 30 May 2023 The lira plummeted as Erdogan tried to keep interest rates artificially low, and foreign reserves have all but dried up. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 28 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of lira was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Lira.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural lire
also liras : the basic unit of money of Italy until 2002
plural liras : the basic unit of money of Turkey
: a coin or bill representing one lira

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