the basic monetary unit of India, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka see Money Table

Examples of rupee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Indian government is encouraging more investment in its aviation industry, with the Modi administration saying that the government would spend 980 billion Indian rupees ($11.83 billion) by 2025 to build new airports and modernize existing ones. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 15 Mar. 2024 The government has approved 1.26 trillion Indian rupee ($15.2 billion) for the projects. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Mar. 2024 With his new stardom, Mr. Sharma was earning 100,000 rupees, about $1,200, a month. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 No amount of harsh overhead lighting can shake the shadowy atmosphere of the venue, which is run by a slippery figure (Sharlto Copley), who handles rupees with unnerving greed. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2024 In a stock filing immediately after the RBI’s order, Paytm warned the order to close Paytm Payments Bank could drag down annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization by up to 5 billion Indian rupees, or $60.4 million at current exchange rates. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune Asia, 10 Mar. 2024 Estimates put the daily cost of running the carrier at 200 million Indian rupees ($2.4 million) to run each day. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 28 Feb. 2024 The group controlled by billionaire Gautam Adani will invest more than 30 billion rupees ($362 million) to manufacture ammunitions and missiles, Adani Defence and Aerospace announced on Monday. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 As a first step, on July 11, 2022, India's central bank - the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) - allowed importers to pay with rupees and exporters be paid in rupee. Gaurav Sharma, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu rūpaiyā, from Sanskrit rūpya coined silver

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rupee was in 1610

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Cite this Entry

“Rupee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the basic unit of money of any of several countries (as of India and Pakistan)
: a coin representing one rupee

from a word in Hindi and Urdu (the main language of Pakistan) rūpaiyā "a unit of money"

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