rial

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

rial

noun (2)
ri·​al

less common spelling of

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

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The rial in the meantime has dropped as much as 150,000 to $1 with many anticipating further drops as the U.S. restores punishing sanctions on Iran's crucial oil industry in early November. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Unease, anger in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's beating heart," 13 Sep. 2018 On Monday the local currency, the rial, hit 119,000 against the dollar on the black market, a new low. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Run on Iran’s Rial," 30 July 2018 The move is seen as part of Tehran's efforts to control the currency market after the rial hit an all-time low earlier this month. Fox News, "Report: Iran officially bans use of cryptocurrencies," 23 Apr. 2018 The first tranche on August 7 targeted Iran’s ability to purchase or acquire US dollar banknotes, trade in gold and precious metals, and make transactions related to the Iranian rial, the country’s currency. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US will impose new sanctions on Iran next week," 2 Nov. 2018 But the paintings are sold in rials, whose value has plummeted from about 36,000 to the dollar a year ago to the black market rate of 80,000. Ramin Mostaghim, latimes.com, "U.S. sanctions hurt, but Iran's wealthy find solace in art," 3 July 2018 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

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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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