ru·​ble | \ˈrü-bəl \
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Definition of ruble 

the basic monetary unit of Russia — see Money Table

Examples of ruble in a Sentence

She gave the driver a ruble. The ruble fell against the U.S. dollar.

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By contrast, the Russian ruble has been supported by confidence that the country’s central bank has a degree of independence from government. Olga Cotaga, WSJ, "Turkish Lira Recovers After Rise in Key Interest Rate," 23 May 2018 Russian banks and businessmen were hit by international sanctions following the previous year’s annexation of Crimea and the ruble value fell. Graham Dunbar,, "A look at some of the financial numbers behind the 2018 World Cup," 11 June 2018 Economists say the best Russia can hope for this time around is a modest gain in the ruble. Olga Tanas,, "Putin's $11 Billion World Cup May Bring Russia Little Cheer," 14 June 2018 Among the reasons for this is the fall in the ruble against the dollar making exports more profitable. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Russia Moves Markets, in Six Charts," 11 Apr. 2018 However, the Brazilian real and Mexican peso have fallen only by about as much as the euro, signaling this is more about a rising dollar than emerging markets; the Russian ruble is actually up 1%. Richard Barley, WSJ, "It’s Too Early to Give Up on Emerging Markets," 25 May 2018 Russia also has one of the biggest interest-rate jumps on record, when in 1998 its rates reached 150 percent in an effort to stem another impending collapse of the ruble. New York Times, "Argentina Raises Key Rate to 40%, Bringing Economic Uncertainty," 4 May 2018 That fear has roiled markets, leading to a selloff of the ruble, Russian debt and many of the country’s biggest companies. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Global Banks Face Chill of Russian Sanctions," 12 Apr. 2018 Congress also asked Treasury to analyze how sanctions would affect Russia’s sovereign bonds, which could increase borrowing costs and devalue the ruble. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "White House says there’s no need for new Russia sanctions," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ruble

1557, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruble

Russian rubl'

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English Language Learners Definition of ruble

: the basic unit of money of Russia

: a coin representing one ruble

the ruble : the value of the ruble compared with the value of the money of other countries


ru·​ble | \ˈrü-bəl\

Kids Definition of ruble

: a Russian coin or bill

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