ru·​pi·​ah | \ rü-ˈpē-ə How to pronounce rupiah (audio) \
plural rupiah or rupiahs

Definition of rupiah

the basic monetary unit of Indonesia — see Money Table

Examples of rupiah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company is offering 6.2 billion shares at a price range of 780 rupiah to 930 rupiah apiece. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The bank had about 1,417 trillion rupiah ($87 billion) in assets in 2019, according to its latest annual report. Manuel Baigorri,, 10 May 2020 Indonesia’s currency, the rupiah, earlier on Thursday weakened to levels last seen during the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s, a worrying sign for jittery investors. Chong Koh Ping And Serena Ng, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2020 The lira has slid nearly 20% this month against the dollar, and 21% against the yen, while other currencies such as the Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah and Brazilian real are at or near multiyear lows. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2018 The rupiah has weakened 1.5% against the dollar in the first three weeks of August. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2019 In Southeast Asia, the Indonesian rupiah weakened to 14,777 per dollar, the lowest in two decades. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2018 The budget has bulked up to a minimum 700 million rupiah per village. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2019 Those found guilty of setting the fires can be fined up to 10 billion rupiah, or $700,000, and managers of firms setting them may face up to 10 years in jail. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 19 Sep. 2019

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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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“Rupiah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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: the basic unit of money in Indonesia

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