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

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Recent Examples on the Web The bank had about 1,417 trillion rupiah ($87 billion) in assets in 2019, according to its latest annual report. Manuel Baigorri,, "Oldest Indonesian Bank Draws Bidders in Revived Unit Stake Sale," 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, "Aussie Dollar at 55 Cents, Stocks Plunge in Korea: The World’s Desperate for Dollars," 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, "Turkey’s Meltdown Hits Japanese Mom-and-Pop Investors," 22 Aug. 2018 The rupiah has weakened 1.5% against the dollar in the first three weeks of August. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "As Jackson Hole Starts, Emerging Markets Lose Faith in the Fed," 23 Aug. 2019 In Southeast Asia, the Indonesian rupiah weakened to 14,777 per dollar, the lowest in two decades. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "China’s Homegrown Market Bears Drown Out Index Boost," 3 Sep. 2018 The budget has bulked up to a minimum 700 million rupiah per village. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Road to Indonesia’s Election Runs Through Isolated Villages," 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, "Malaysia, choked by smog of forest fires in Indonesia, issues 2 million face masks to students," 19 Sep. 2019 Still, with 39% of sovereign debt owned by foreigners, the world’s fourth-most-populous country is keenly sensitive to global investors’ mood swings and the need to defend the rupiah with high interest rates. Washington Post, "Indonesia Needs Its Own Silk Road," 23 Oct. 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 21 Jan. 2021.

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: the basic unit of money in Indonesia

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