ri·​al | \ rē-ˈȯl How to pronounce rial (audio) , -ˈäl \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of rial

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the basic monetary unit of Iran, Oman, and Yemen — see Money Table
ri·​al

less common spelling of

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

Examples of rial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The value of Iran’s rial has also plummeted, slashing consumer buying power for daily goods and raising the price of all imports. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Could Iran’s Revolution Unravel Over a Four-Cent Price Hike?," 6 Dec. 2019 The demonstrations began after authorities raised minimum gasoline prices to 15,000 Iranian rials per liter, an equivalent of about 50 cents a gallon. NBC News, "U.S. says Iran may have killed up to 1,000 protesters," 5 Dec. 2019 Printing more rials might stimulate the economy, but would also increase inflation, which is running near 40% a year. The Economist, "Regime on edge Iranian clerics risk being overwhelmed by a crisis they created," 14 Jan. 2020 On Wednesday, the rial reached a historic low of 190,000 to the U.S. dollar, compared with around 43,000 in January. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Iran Struggles With Unrest in Pivotal Oil Hub," 28 Sep. 2018 Iran’s currency, the rial, lost some 5 percent of its value against the US dollar Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "TEHRAN — Iran is ready for more prisoner swaps with the United States, the Cabinet spokesman said Monday even as he reiterated the Iranian leadership’s stance that there will be no other negotiations between Tehran and Washington.," 11 Dec. 2019 Iran's oil exports have more than halved since sanctions were reinstated and imposed last year, and the rial has lost approximately 60 percent of its value against the dollar. Fox News, "Iran fires back at White House over claims it has been violating nuclear deal for years: 'Seriously?'," 3 July 2019 Iran’s national currency, the rial, has sharply plunged from the time of the 2015 nuclear accord while daily staples have risen in price. Washington Post, "Amnesty raises to 304 number of Iranians killed in protests," 16 Dec. 2019 Under the new order, the price of gasoline was raised from 10,000 to 15,000 rials, or 13 cents per liter (50 cents per gallon). BostonGlobe.com, "The government has acknowledged five deaths, including four members of the security forces, and it has blamed the protests on foreign enemies and saboteurs. If confirmed, the higher death toll would signal a much wider scale of unrest — a crisis taking place under a near-total information blackout.," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rial

Noun (1)

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rial

Noun (1)

Persian, from Arabic riyāl riyal

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10 Feb 2020

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“Rial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rial. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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