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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Investigations into Russia’s suspected cyber intrusion in the 2016 elections found that ads on Facebook meant to foment discord over issues like politics, immigration and gun control were made in rubles. Washington Post, "Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads," 19 Apr. 2018 The resumption of dollar purchases in theory could put further pressure on the ruble. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Russia to Restart Foreign Exchange Reserves Buying," 11 Jan. 2019 The ruble’s fall has affected even the city’s best hotels. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The agency bought thousands of ads targeting Americans, often with rubles, and created posts that reached 126 million Americans, frequently with divisive messages. Tony Romm, The Seattle Times, "Russia and Iran created 652 Facebook pages, groups and accounts to mislead users around the world, company says," 21 Aug. 2018 Wall Street Journal: Russian stocks, ruble take hit on uncertainty over US sanctions WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO MOLLIE? Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: N. Korea threatens to halt denuclearization; New theories about Mollie Tibbetts' disappearance," 10 Aug. 2018 Retail availability for Yandex’s first phone (with an MSRP of 17,990 rubles, or roughly $270), starts tomorrow at the company’s flagship store in Moscow. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Russian search giant Yandex is releasing an Android phone," 5 Dec. 2018 The dollar was up 0.2% against the Russian ruble and gained against the Brazilian real, Mexican peso and Chilean peso. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Weakens Slightly as U.S., China Resume Talks," 13 Nov. 2018 And so the cumulative effect of this is really, really having a hit, not only on the value of the ruble, but on the -- on the Russian economy in general. Fox News, "Rep. Ed Royce on US relations with Russia, Turkey and Iran; Rep. Devin Nunes on Bruce Ohr and the push to declassify DOJ documents," 12 Aug. 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
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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