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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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 Meanwhile, Russia’s ruble pared a decline after the central bank extended a pause in monetary easing and said its shift to looser policy needs to be slower. Sarah Ponczek And Janine Wolf,, "Stocks end week lower on trade tensions," 17 June 2018 In 2014, the ruble sold off after the West imposed sanctions on Russia following its annexation of Crimea, and the Central Bank of Russia raised interest rates by 6.5 percentage points to 17%. Olga Cotaga, WSJ, "Turkish Lira Recovers After Rise in Key Interest Rate," 23 May 2018 The ruble shrugged off the report, trading little changed at 62.2819 per dollar as of 3:04 p.m. in Moscow. Yuliya Fedorinova,, "U.K. Lawmakers Urge Curbs on Russian State Debt, Share Sales," 21 May 2018 Russia began to feel the pinch from the latest round of U.S. sanctions Monday as the ruble dropped nearly 2% against the dollar and stocks took their biggest drop since the world reacted to Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Sabra Ayres,, "Russian stocks, ruble and oligarchs' wealth all take a hit in wake of U.S. sanctions," 9 Apr. 2018 The ruble lost half its value, and, despite a muted recovery in oil and a boost to industry from the devaluation, Russia’s economy is set to shrink by 2.7 percent this year, according to a World Bank report. Newsweek, "Russia's Ukrainian Retreat," 8 June 2015

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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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