\ ˈlēvrᵊ How to pronounce livre (audio) \

Definition of livre

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

Examples of livre in a Sentence

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, "The Invention of Money," 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, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of livre

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for livre

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

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Cite this Entry

“Livre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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