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The Definition of - dollar (noun)

    a paper money, silver or cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of the United States, equal to 100 cents. Symbol: $.
    a silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of Canada, equal to 100 cents. Symbol: $.
    any of the monetary units of various other nations, as Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Fiji, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Zimbabwe, equal to 100 cents.
    Also called ringgit. a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Brunei, equal to 100 sen.
    a thaler.
    a peso.
    yuan (def 1).
    British Slang.
    1. five-shilling piece; crown.
    2. the sum of five shillings.

Word Example of - dollar

    Example Sentences for dollar

    This so pleased Noel that he advanced my wages to a dollar and a half a week.

    When her dollar gloves were shabby and would not button at the wrist?

    He had put in six hundred dollars when every dollar was a ducat.

    This firm is sound as a dollar and it's going to stay sound as long as I'm at the helm.

    I have not got any ten cents,” said Phonny—“only a quarter of a dollar.

    "The lady slipped the dollar into the book for you," declared the red-headed man.

    Could you lend an admirer a dollar and a half to buy a hymn-book with?

    If he also had a dollar in his pocket, I could get no interest from him.

    At the hearing on this complaint, Harris denied that he had ever contributed a dollar to Joe at the latter's persuasion.

    Here I had a good meal for a dollar—the first since leaving 'Frisco.

Word Origin & History of - dollar

    Word Origin & History

    dollar 1553, from Low Ger. daler, from Ger. taler (1540, later thaler), abbrev. of Joachimstaler, lit. "(gulden) of Joachimstal," coin minted 1519 from silver from mine opened 1516 near Joachimstal, town in Erzgebirge Mountains in northwest Bohemia. Ger. Tal is cognate with Eng. dale. Ger. thaler was a large silver coin of varying value in the Ger. states (and a unit of the Ger. monetary union of 1857-73 equal to three marks); it was also a currency unit in Denmark and Sweden. Eng. colonists in America used the word in ref. to Spanish pieces of eight. Continental Congress July 6, 1785, adopted ...dollar when it set up U.S. currency, on suggestion of Gouverneur Morris and Thomas Jefferson, because the term was widely known but not British. But none were actually used until 1794. The dollar sign ($) is said to derive from the image of the Pillars of Hercules, stamped with a scroll, on the Spanish piece of eight. Phrase dollars to doughnuts attested from 1890; dollar diplomacy is from 1910.