ru·​pi·​ah rü-ˈpē-ə How to pronounce rupiah (audio)
plural rupiah or rupiahs
the basic monetary unit of Indonesia see Money Table

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That changes Monday in Southeast Asia’s three biggest markets, where Amazon Prime is relaunching with seven-day free trials, followed by special discounts that will last until the end of the year — 59,000 Indonesian rupiah ($3.98), 149 Thai baht ($4.10) and 149 Philippine pesos ($2.69). Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 July 2022 Eceu Titi, 50, a street vendor in Jakarta, said that the price of cooking oil in her neighborhood was about 14,000 Indonesian rupiah, or about 96 cents, per liter before the export ban took effect, and has been nearly double that ever since, even though the ban ended last month. New York Times, 10 June 2022 Sweden has been working with Accenture on an e-krona, while Ghana is piloting an e-cedi and Indonesia is developing a prototype for a digital rupiah. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 7 Feb. 2023 The company in August reported a first-half loss of 14.17 trillion Indonesian rupiah—equivalent to $904.7 million—on net revenue that rose 73% to 3.4 trillion rupiah. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 During the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, for instance, Indonesian companies borrowed heavily in dollars during boom times — then were wiped out when the Indonesian rupiah crashed against the dollar. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 On the surprisingly strong side of the ledger sits the Indonesian rupiah, which has depreciated only about 4.5% against the dollar this year. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 The company’s stock finished its first day of trading with a 13% gain at 382 rupiah per share. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The company, which was formed last year through a merger of Indonesian unicorns Gojek and Tokopedia, aims to sell as many as 52 billion new Series A shares for 316 to 346 rupiah per share. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Malay, from Hindi & Urdu rūpaiyā rupee

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rupiah was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Rupiah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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ru·​pi·​ah rü-ˈpē-ə How to pronounce rupiah (audio)
plural rupiah or rupiahs
: the basic unit of money of Indonesia
: a coin or bill representing one rupiah

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