pu·​la ˈpü-lə How to pronounce pula (audio)
plural pula or pulas
the basic monetary unit of Botswana see Money Table

Examples of pula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The central bank will further adjust the downward rate of crawl for the pula to 2.87% from 1.51% with effect May 1. Mbongeni Mguni, Bloomberg.com, 5 May 2020 The auction will take place at 3 p.m. local time in the capital, Gaborone, on Feb. 7 and interested bidders will need to put down a refundable deposit of 200,000 pula ($18,300). Time, 5 Feb. 2020 With effect from June 24, the United States dollar, British pound, South African Rand, Botswana pula and a host of other foreign currencies are no longer legal tender in any transactions in Zimbabwe. Chris Muronzi, Quartz Africa, 26 June 2019

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Word History


Tswana, literally, rain (used as a greeting)

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pula was in 1976

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Cite this Entry

“Pula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pula. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pu·​la ˈpü-lä How to pronounce Pula (audio)
city and port on the Adriatic Sea at the tip of the Istrian Peninsula in western Croatia population 62,690

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