noun (1)
ri·​al | \ rē-ˈȯl How to pronounce rial (audio) , -ˈäl\
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Definition of rial

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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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Iran’s national currency, the rial, is currently trading at nearly 130,000 to $1. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Stern words from Iran: US cannot ‘expect to stay safe’," 10 June 2019 Iran's national currency, the rial, is currently trading at nearly 130,000 to $1. Amir Vahdat And Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Top Iran diplomat warns U.S. it cannot 'expect to stay safe'," 10 June 2019 The sanctions take effect in two stages, first on Aug. 6 against Iran’s trade in gold and precious metals, transactions in the rial and the Iranian automotive sector. Aresu Eqbali, WSJ, "Iran’s Businesses Begin to Buckle Under Sanctions Threat," 18 July 2018 The currency, the rial, has lost more than half its value since January in a historic plunge against the U.S. dollar. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "As Economy Withers, Iran Imposes Harsh Crackdown on Fraud," 26 Dec. 2018 Iran’s currency, the rial, has depreciated rapidly since then, making prices for groceries and clothes skyrocket. Mohammad Nasiri, The Seattle Times, "Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings, 40 years later," 4 Feb. 2019 The value of the rial has fallen almost 70% this year, from 45,000 to the dollar in January to 140,000 on Wednesday, a historic low. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Iran Defies U.S. Bid to Curb Its Middle East Influence," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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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