ru·​ble ˈrü-bəl How to pronounce ruble (audio)
variants or rouble
the basic monetary unit of Russia see Money Table
: the basic monetary unit of Belarus see Money Table

Examples of ruble in a Sentence

She gave the driver a ruble. The ruble fell against the U.S. dollar.
Recent Examples on the Web First-time offenders are typically handed a fine of 30,000 rubles — around $300 at the current exchange rate, about half the average monthly salary in Russia — while repeat offenders can receive prison time. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Driving a cab had earned him fifty thousand rubles at most, and some months almost nothing. Elettra Pauletto, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 With a presidential election scheduled in March, President Vladimir V. Putin acknowledged last month that accelerating inflation fueled by a weakened ruble was a major cause of concern. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Despite the seeming upside of a weak ruble and the Kremlin’s swift actions to stem any negative effects from it, the Russian currency’s value is not out of the woods yet. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2023 Authorities in Novosibirsk fined a woman 15,000 rubles around the same time for tearing down a poster exalting Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2023 Russia policymakers have been on edge as the currency neared the psychological threshold of 100 rubles to a dollar last week. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2023 At that time, he was fined 4,000 rubles, roughly $44, for violating Covid-19 restrictions. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2023 That’s compared with a surplus of 203 billion rubles ($2 billion) during the same period in 2022. Anna Cooban, CNN, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Russian rubl'

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruble was in 1557

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“Ruble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also rouble
: the basic unit of money of Russia and formerly of the U.S.S.R.
: a coin representing one ruble

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