ru·pi·ah | \rü-ˈpē-ə \
plural rupiah or rupiahs

Definition of rupiah 

the basic monetary unit of Indonesia — see Money Table

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There’s been some respite since then, with the rupiah and bonds posting their first weekly gain in six and stocks climbing 3.3 percent last week. Viriya Singgih,, "New Bank Indonesia Governor Is Wasting No Time on Rate Hikes," 28 May 2018 In Indonesia, where the rupiah has fallen to its weakest level against the dollar in more than two years, fuel prices are an election issue. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Steep Oil and Strong Dollar Make Toxic Brew for Global Economies," 17 June 2018 Its central bank nonetheless raised rates twice in May to stabilise the rupiah. The Economist, "Why countries like Argentina and Turkey fret about exchange rates," 21 June 2018 Indonesia’s central bank last month raised rates twice in less than two weeks to stem the slide in its currency, the rupiah. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Why Asia’s Emerging Markets Are Looking Better Than Their Peers," 14 June 2018 Overseas investors often sell down their Indonesian stockholdings when the rupiah weakens, because local companies’ earnings become less valuable in dollar terms. Ben Otto And I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Market Selloff Shows Perils of Relying on Foreign Funding," 7 May 2018 Of the 13 Islamic banks run as separate entities from their conventional parents, none is in category 4—banks with capital above 30trn rupiah, which are permitted to operate globally. The Economist, "The world’s biggest Muslim country wants to boost sharia finance," 10 May 2018 In Asia, the Indonesian rupiah pared back steep falls to end 0.2% lower, while the South African rand retraced its losses to finish up 0.1%. Olga Cotaga, WSJ, "Trump’s Iran Decision Adds Volatility to Emerging-Market Currencies," 9 May 2018 In that year 178trn Indonesian rupiah ($15bn) were allocated to infrastructure in the state budget. The Economist, "Indonesia’s leader, Jokowi, is splurging on infrastructure," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of rupiah

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rupiah

Malay, from Hindi & Urdu rūpaiyā rupee

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: the basic unit of money in Indonesia

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