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

Examples of rial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Doctors began joining the outflow in greater numbers during the hard-line 2005-13 presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose confrontational approach to the West caused the rial, Iran’s currency, to plunge in value. Omid Khazani, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 The next month, Boyd was informed by an associate that the trade embargo against Iran prohibited people in America from engaging in transactions and other activity related to the Iranian rial, the indictment alleges. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 13 May 2021 The sanctions dealt a heavy blow to an economy that was already struggling, exacerbating unemployment and sending the Iranian rial into a tailspin. Maryam Rahmanian, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 The rial has lost more than 30% of its value to the dollar since June as sweeping U.S. sanctions on Iran continue to crush its ability to sell oil globally. Bloomberg.com, 20 Sep. 2020 The economy has shrunk, while the Iranian rial has lost 80% of its value against the dollar. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2020 The country's currency, the rial, has plummeted in value against the U.S. dollar over the past year. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2020 The Iranian rial hit a low on the unregulated open market on Sunday, weakening 4.6% compared with last week and briefly breaching 280,000 per U.S. dollar, according to two currency trading channels on the Telegram messaging app. Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg.com, 21 Sep. 2020 Masks range from the equivalent of 10 U.S. cents to $3, which can be a lot, as the Iranian rial has fallen to historic lows against the dollar. Washington Post, 5 July 2020

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Rial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rial. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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