nai·​ra | \ ˈnī-rə \
plural nairas or naira

Definition of naira

the basic monetary unit of Nigeria — see Money Table

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But telecom operators in the country have to navigate shifting regulations, wild swings in the naira and frequent power cuts. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Shares in MTN Sink After Nigeria Demands Telecom Giant Return $8 Billion," 30 Aug. 2018 In Nigeria, brews with returnable bottles like Satzenbrau sell for 100 naira (28 cents). Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Beer Giants Tap Into Africa With Brews Under $1," 18 Aug. 2018 Those who return are given 100,000 naira ($278) to tide them over for the first three months, and training on how to start their own businesses. The Economist, "Europe is sending African migrants home. Will they stay?," 28 Mar. 2018 Smuggled rice, on the other hand, was being sold in urban markets for 12,500 naira a bag. The Economist, "Nigeria hopes high tariffs will make it grow more rice," 15 Mar. 2018 The cost of the visit, says Temilade, who will listen to babies through a metal fetoscope called a Pinard horn, is a mere 200 nairas—about $0.55. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants," 12 June 2018 The thieves got away with millions of naira in local currency after using dynamite to blow up a vault in one bank. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Police: Nigeria's Senate president linked to heist that killed 33 people," 4 June 2018 Under the country’s amnesty program, which launched in August 2009, some 30,000 former militants receive monthly subsidies of 65,000 naira ($326) and employment opportunities in an attempt to keep the tense peace in the region. Conor Gaffey, Newsweek, "Who is Tompolo, the Niger Delta Kingpin Wanted for Corruption?," 19 Jan. 2016 This month, lawmakers are set to vote on expanding this year’s spending plans to a record 8.6 trillion naira ($23 billion), a third of which is planned investment in roads, rail, bridges, ports and power. David Malingha Doya,, "Buhari Healthy And Will ‘Easily' Win Nigeria Vote, Minister Says," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of naira

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for naira

alteration of Nigeria

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