ru·​ble | \ ˈrü-bəl How to pronounce ruble (audio) \
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Definition of ruble

1 the basic monetary unit of Russia — see Money Table
2 : 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.

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Summer travelers needn’t make other special preparations, other than exchanging currency for rubles before arriving in Siberia, where the exchange rate is less favorable. Alexey Vasilyev, National Geographic, "How to celebrate summer in the world’s coldest city," 27 June 2019 The trades were sham transactions whose sole purpose appeared to be to illicitly convert rubles into pounds and dollars — some $10 billion worth. ProPublica, "Why Did Deutsche Bank Keep Lending to Donald Trump? — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast," 22 May 2019 Customers would use the bank to convert Russian rubles into dollars and euros via a complicated series of stock trades in Europe and the United States. New York Times, "Deutsche Bank Faces Criminal Investigation for Potential Money-Laundering Lapses," 19 May 2019 He and Grandfather used to play film-score music four-handed, a homage to their youth, when both earned extra rubles by playing accompaniment to silent movies. The New York Review of Books, "Anastasia Edel," 8 Apr. 2019 The Russian ruble is the most undervalued against the dollar, by 65%, according to the Economist's measure. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Here's another sign the US dollar is too strong: burgers," 12 July 2019 The ruble is our national currency, and all calculations must be made in it. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Russia is strangely calm about Facebook’s cryptocurrency," 4 July 2019 While most of the world is watching the rapidly melting Arctic with increasing alarm and placing the blame squarely on fossil fuels, Russia and its partners in France and China are seeing ruble signs. National Geographic, "See Russia’s massive new gas plant on the Arctic coast," 22 Mar. 2019 Government ruble bonds due in 2028 were flat, with the yield unchanged at 7.37 percent. Yuliya Fedorinova,, "U.K. Lawmakers Urge Curbs on Russian State Debt, Share Sales," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of ruble

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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
technical : 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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