li·​tas ˈlē-ˌtäs How to pronounce litas (audio)
plural litai ˈlē-ˌtī How to pronounce litas (audio) or litu ˈlē-ˌtü How to pronounce litas (audio)
the basic monetary unit of Lithuania from 1918 to 1940 and from 1991 through 2014

Word History


Lithuanian (nominative plural litai, genitive plural litų), from initial letters of New Latin Lituania, French Lituanie, etc.

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of litas was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Litas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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