zlo·​ty ˈzlȯ-tē How to pronounce zloty (audio)
plural zlotys ˈzlȯ-tēz How to pronounce zloty (audio) or zlotych ˈzlȯ-tiḵ How to pronounce zloty (audio)
the basic monetary unit of Poland see Money Table

Examples of zloty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chain last year ran about 8,000 outlets, with sales rising 22% to 12.4 billion zloty ($2.5 billion). Piotr Bujnicki, Bloomberg.com, 13 Oct. 2022 Representing an investment of roughly $144 million (or 600 million Polish zloty), construction is now underway. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 PiS has vowed to raise it to 800 zlotys ($184) in 2024. Luke Johnson, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2023 The government spent about 1.6 billion zlotys ($380,000) last year on a massive wall along the border with Belarus, intending to block the inflow of Middle East and African migrants. Monika Scislowska, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 The party bolstered its marquee child-benefit policy during the campaign this year, promising to boost monthly payouts to families with children to 800 zloty ($200) a month from 500. Krzysztof Kropidlowski, Fortune, 31 July 2023 Drawn by the promise of interest rates far lower than those offered in the Polish zloty, Poles took out mortgages tied to the Swiss franc at several banks, largely between 2006 and 2008. WSJ, 26 June 2023 The zloty gained after his remarks, advancing 0.7% to 4.4880 per euro, the steepest rise since May 22. Piotr Skolimowski, Bloomberg.com, 2 June 2023 The order was canceled after the Polish government was criticized for planning to spend hundreds of thousands of zlotys on religious equipment while failing to pay teachers and medical staff their full wages. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Feb. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from Polish złoty (genitive plural złotych after numerals above four), noun derivative of złoty "of gold, golden," derivative of złoto "gold" — more at gold entry 1

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zloty was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Zloty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zloty. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


zlo·​ty ˈzlȯt-ē How to pronounce zloty (audio)
plural zlotys
or zloty
: the basic unit of money of Poland
: a coin worth one zloty

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