noun (1)
ri·al | \rē-ˈȯl, -ˈäl\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of rial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

the basic monetary unit of Iran, Oman, and Yemen — see Money Table


noun (2)

less common spelling of

the basic monetary unit of Qatar and Saudi Arabia — see Money Table

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Speculation Blamed Officials from Rouhani to central bank Governor Valiollah Seif have in recent weeks sought to downplay the depreciation of the rial and portray it as temporary. Ladane Nasseri, Bloomberg.com, "Iran Targets Currency Exchanges Amid Efforts to Halt Rial Slide," 14 Feb. 2018 Heightening the pain for investors and importers, the Iranian rial has lost around half its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year at unregulated exchanges. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "New Unrest Roils Iran as U.S. Ramps Up Pressure," 1 July 2018 The Iranian rial now trades at 78,500 to the dollar, despite the official rate being 43,100 to $1. Washington Post, "US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions," 12 July 2018 The Tehran protests last week were over the fate of the Iranian rial, which lost half its value this year, and were further fueled by revelations that smartphone importers had made fortunes gaming foreign currency rules. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line," 2 July 2018 Rage persists over the plunging of the Iranian rial to 90,000 to the dollar — double the government rate of 42,000 rials to $1 — as people watch their savings dwindle and shopkeepers hold onto some goods, uncertain of their true value. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "Protests in Iran as Rouhani says US wants ‘economic war’," 26 June 2018 In 1979, just before the Islamic revolution, Iran’s official exchange rate was 70 rial to the dollar. Mark Dubowitz And Richard Goldberg, WSJ, "Iran, Get Ready for the Battle Rial," 21 May 2018 The anger is fueled by the Iranian rial plunging to 90,000 to the dollar — double the government rate of 42,000 — as people watch their savings dwindle and shopkeepers hold onto some goods, uncertain of their true value. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Videos show gunfire amid Iran protests over water scarcity," 1 July 2018 To access the rials, Iran wanted to convert them briefly into dollars and then Euros. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "GOP report: Obama admin worked to allow Iran to exchange billions to bypass sanctions," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of rial

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1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rial

Noun (1)

Persian, from Arabic riyāl riyal

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