rupee

noun
ru·​pee | \ rü-ˈpē How to pronounce rupee (audio) , ˈrü-ˌpē How to pronounce rupee (audio) \

Definition of rupee

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

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The budget doubled income tax exemptions for those earning up to 500,000 rupees ($7,140) a year from the existing 250,000 rupees ($3,570). Washington Post, "India eyes bigger investments in aviation, media, insurance," 6 July 2019 Petrol and diesel: Special additional excise duty, road and infrastructure cess each one by 1 rupee a litre on petrol and diesel, have also been proposed in order to boost the infrastructure. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Key takeaways from the first annual budget of Modi 2.0," 4 July 2019 One apartment building in the Kilpauk neighborhood of Chennai pays almost 15,000 rupees ($216) every day for three 24,000-liter tanks -- a precious resource that is inaccessible to low-income families. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 Monetary authorities have devalued the rupee twice since December to ease pressures. Bloomberg.com, "Second-Biggest Pakistan Bank Targets ‘Enormous’ Youth Market," 5 Apr. 2018 According to a government statement, those found guilty of distributing false news would face five years in prison and a million rupee ($5,670) fine. Fox News, "Sri Lanka readies laws to curb hate speech, false news," 6 June 2019 According to a government statement, the Cabinet decided to amend the penal code to include the penalty of five years in prison and a million rupee ($5,670) fine for those found guilty of distributing false news. Washington Post, "Sri Lanka readies laws to curb hate speech, false news," 6 June 2019 The rupee fell as much as 1.6% Tuesday to 72.46 against the dollar, Refinitiv data showed, before retracing some ground to stand 0.7% lower. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Rupee Tumbles After India’s Central Bank Chief Quits," 11 Dec. 2018 Keep rupees handy for hotel porters and housekeeping, and round up taxi fares. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of rupee

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rupee

Hindi & Urdu rūpaiyā, from Sanskrit rūpya coined silver

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rupee

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English Language Learners Definition of rupee

: the basic unit of money in some Asian countries including India and Pakistan

rupee

noun
ru·​pee | \ rü-ˈpē How to pronounce rupee (audio) \

Kids Definition of rupee

: any of various coins (as of India or Pakistan)

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