noun, often attributive
dol·​lar | \ ˈdä-lər How to pronounce dollar (audio) \

Definition of dollar

1 : taler
2 : any of numerous coins patterned after the taler (such as a Spanish peso)
3a : any of various basic monetary units (as in the U.S. and Canada) — see Money Table
b : a coin, note, or token representing one dollar
4 : ringgit
5 : money obtained from a specific source the tourism dollar

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In the mountains of Bohemia is the small town of Jáchymov. In the early 16th century, the town was known by its German name, Sankt Joachimstal. At that time, a silver mine was opened nearby, and coins were minted to which the name joachimstaler was applied. In German this was shortened to Taler. Shortly afterward the Dutch or Low German form daler was borrowed into English to refer to the Taler and other coins that were patterned after it, such as the Spanish peso, which circulated widely in Britain’s North American colonies. Our modern word dollar is a different spelling of this daler. When the newly independent American colonies settled on an official monetary unit in 1785, they chose the name dollar.

Examples of dollar in a Sentence

She had to pay hundreds of dollars in auto repairs. She put a wrinkled dollar down on the counter. The dollar dropped sharply against the pound. the strength of the dollar The dollar is worth more in Mexico.
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Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the EPS figure is likely to improve to ¥743.24, which coupled with the P/E multiple of 21.8x and a yen to dollar exchange rate of $0.01 will lead to Toyota Motors valuation around $150. Trefis Team, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 In the debt market, Evergrande's June 2025 dollar bonds fell nearly 6 cents on Tuesday late morning to 27 cents, yielding 58.45 percent, according to financial data provider Duration Finance. NBC News, 14 Sep. 2021 With remote work freeing many people from their daily commute, families looking to stretch their dollar and their square footage are being up the suburbs, too. Claire Pedersen, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2021 The biggest difference is that the Gemini dollar is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services and approved to operate in all 50 U.S. states and globally. Martine Paris, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2021 The public records lawsuit seeks information that validated a diagnostic test provided by Orem’s Nomi Health for Nebraska’s multi-million dollar COVID-19 testing program. Andrew Becker, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 In addition to travel’s dollar expense, firms are now paying more attention to employees’ health and well-being, while climate goals are driving companies to reduce their carbon footprint. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 An earlier version of this story suggested that companies could put $5,250 towards employee tuition each year without being taxed; that is the dollar threshold at which an employee would be taxed under Section 127. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 By December 1979, a dollar earned in January 1970 had kept less than half of its buying power — a radical departure from the stability of previous decades. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dollar

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dollar

Dutch or Low German daler, from German Taler, short for Joachimstaler, from Sankt Joachimsthal, Bohemia, where talers were first made

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18 Sep 2021

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“Dollar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dollar

: a basic unit of money in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and other countries that is equal to 100 cents
: a bill or coin that is worth one dollar
: the value of a dollar when it is compared to another unit of money


dol·​lar | \ ˈdä-lər How to pronounce dollar (audio) \

Kids Definition of dollar

: any of various coins or pieces of paper money (as of the United States or Canada) equal to 100 cents

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