riyal

noun (1)
ri·​yal | \ rē-ˈyäl , -ˈyal\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of riyal

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

riyal

noun (2)
ri·​yal

less common spelling of

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

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The bank, whose policies are dictated by Saudi Arabia, a senior Western official said, started printing vast amounts of new money — at least 600 billion riyals, according to one bank official. Declan Walsh, The Seattle Times, "The tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen," 26 Oct. 2018 The set-top boxes remain easy to find, selling for 350 Saudi riyals ($93) including a one-year subscription in small electronics shops. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "An Unlikely Victim of Saudi Arabia’s Dispute With Qatar: TV Rights," 6 Sep. 2018 The sources could not provide the total amount paid, but Al-Dahboul said one senior AQAP figure was offered 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,000) and that about 200 al-Qaida members were paid under the accord. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Details of deals between US-backed coalition, Yemen al-Qaida," 6 Aug. 2018 Aramco joins some of the kingdom’s largest companies in the decision to temporarily boost wages after King Salman decided to pay Saudi civil servants an extra 1,000 riyals a month to ease the burden of austerity. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 7 Jan. 2018 The Iranian riyal has plummeted and unemployment is in double digits. Tim Lister, CNN, "The earthquake unleashed by Trump's departure from Iran nuclear deal," 8 May 2018 The Ritz was cleared of detainees in February, after many of the accused agreed to hand over cash or assets that the government has valued at around 400 billion Saudi riyals ($107 billion). Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Freed Saudi Media Mogul Touts New Business Ties With Government," 17 Mar. 2018 On his Twitter account, royal court adviser Saud Al Qahtani said the measures will cost the government more than 50 billion riyals and called for private sector companies to respond in turn. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 7 Jan. 2018 But the statement released Tuesday said the government had claimed about 400 billion Saudi riyals, or $106.6 billion, so far. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Says Detainees Handed Over More Than $100 Billion," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of riyal

Noun (1)

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for riyal

Noun (1)

Arabic riyāl, from Spanish real real

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