: an old French monetary unit equal to 20 sols
: a coin representing one livre
: the pound of Lebanon and Sudan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, the annual bill for annuities and wages of lifetime offices came to ninety million livres. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, 29 July 2019 By 1715, the King had a hundred and sixty-five million livres in revenue from taxes and customs. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, 29 July 2019

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Word History


French, from Old French, from Latin libra, a unit of weight

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of livre was in 1588

Dictionary Entries Near livre

Cite this Entry

“Livre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/livre. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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