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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Russian ruble has weakened against the U.S. dollar by about 14%. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska halibut gets battered by foreign imports - including a new Russian fishery," 12 May 2020 The Russian ruble has depreciated almost as much as Brent oil prices have collapsed to barely $25 a barrel. Paul Wallace,, "No End to Pain in Emerging Markets Without Coronavirus Slowdown," 5 May 2020 Russia is in far better shape financially than Saudi Arabia, especially with a flexible exchange rate — as the ruble depreciates, the value of its exports rises. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Oil Nations, Prodded by Trump, Reach Deal to Slash Production," 12 Apr. 2020 Azarenko said that prices haven't changed much in dollar terms since sanctions were imposed in 2014, while the ruble has depreciated by about 50 percent since that time. Alex Sazonov,, "Moscow luxury real estate sales are soaring," 25 Sep. 2019 Currencies in developing nations strengthened for the first time in four weeks, led by the Mexican peso, South African rand and Russian ruble. Paul Wallace,, "Emerging Markets Trust China’s Virus Steps Will Keep Rally Going," 13 May 2020 In Russia relies on oil as the main source of income and the price collapse caused the ruble to crash. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Mexico’s reluctance imperils deal to reduce worldwide oil production and raise prices," 10 Apr. 2020 In Russia relies on oil as the main source of income and the price collapse caused the ruble to crash. Jon Gambrell, Houston Chronicle, "Global deal to cut oil output in sight after Mexico signs up," 10 Apr. 2020 Putin introduced an economic stimulus plan for businesses on April 15, including interest free loans and payments of 12,130 rubles ($160) per employee in April and May. Madeline Roache, Time, "Where's Putin? Russia's President Stays Out of Sight as Coronavirus Hits Economy," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of ruble was in 1557

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“Ruble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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