zaire

noun
\ ˈzī(-ə)r How to pronounce zaire (audio) , zä-ˈir How to pronounce zaire (audio) \
plural zaires or zaire

Definition of zaire

: the basic monetary unit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1967–71) and of Zaire (1971–96)

First Known Use of zaire

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zaire

French zaïre, from Zaïre, former name (1971–97) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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“Zaire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zaire. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Zaire geographical name

Za·​ire | \ zä-ˈir How to pronounce Zaire (audio) \

Definition of Zaire

1 river in Africa — see congo sense 1
2 — see congo sense 2

Other Words from zaire

Zairean or Zairian \ zä-​ˈir-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Zaire (audio) \ adjective or noun

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