Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.
  • n. A coin or note worth one dollar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Official designation for currency in some parts of the world, including Canada, Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. Its symbol is $.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A silver coin of the United States containing 371.25 grains of silver and 41.25 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 412.5 grains.
  • n. A gold coin of the United States containing 23.22 grains of gold and 2.58 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 25.8 grains, nine-tenths fine. It is no longer coined.
  • n. A coin of the same general weight and value as the United States silver dollar, though differing slightly in different countries, formerly current in Mexico, Canada, parts of South America, also in Spain, and several other European countries.
  • n. The value of a dollar; the unit of currency, differing in value in different countries, commonly employed in the United States and a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, parts of the Carribbean, Liberia, and several others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The English name of the large silver German coin called thaler: also applied to similar coins of the Low Countries and of Scandinavia; to the large silver coin of Spain, the celebrated “Spanish dollar,” or peso, also called pillar dollar (from its figure of the Pillars of Hercules) and piece of eight (as containing 8 reals); and later to a large silver coin succeeding the Spanish dollar in Spanish America.
  • n. The monetary unit or standard of value of the United States and Canada, containing 100 cents, and equal to about 4s. 1⅓d. English.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a United States coin worth one dollar
  • n. a symbol of commercialism or greed
  • n. a piece of paper money worth one dollar
  • n. the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 cents

Etymologies

Low German daler, taler, from German Taler, short for Joachimstaler, after Joachimstal (Jáchymov), a town of northwest Czech Republic where similar coins were first minted.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since about 1500, from early Dutch daler, daalder, from German Taler, Thaler ("dollar"), from Sankt Joachimsthaler, coins minted in the Saint Joachim valley (Tal is German for "valley"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Its currency would be higher in comparison to a sunken dollar, hurting exports, plus its U. S.-dollar denominated bonds would suffer large losses in value.

    Diane Francis: China's Dollar Scam Must End

  • "Canadian Currency Credits act as an effective price adjustment during this time when the Canadian dollar is close to U. S.-dollar parity," Joe Lawrence, Porsche Canada's president and chief executive said in a statement Monday.

    Edmonton Sun

  • The Canadian dollar had been appreciating in recent weeks amid broad U. S.-dollar selling and higher prices for some commodities.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • "A stronger-than-assumed Canadian dollar, driven by global portfolio movements out of U. S.-dollar assets, could act as a significant further drag on growth and put additional downward pressure on inflation," the Monetary Policy Report said.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • He's only allowed to bask in the limelight flashing his million-dollar smile -- which is million$ of dollar$ for them as his agenda drains million$ of dollar$ from us. nv53, re Rick Salutin:

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  • With us _half_ a dollar buys more than a _dollar_ buys with you -- and THEREFORE it stands to reason and the commonest kind of common-sense, that our wages are _higher_ than yours. "

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 7.

  • If the marginal utility of an additional dollar is declining, then to optimize utility (or happiness as the author puts it), take the less utilized dollar from a high income earner and give it to a more utilized lower income earner.

    Speaking of Rising Inequality, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • So you hear other retailers out there that have the word dollar in their name like Family Dollar or Dollar General DG, but those are multi-price-point generally, pricing items at $10 or less and serving lower- to middle-income America, but they do have varied pricing.

  • The term dollar is used in Article 1 Section 9 Clause 1 and the Seventh Amendment.

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  • For example, if you look at the Morningstar data, we know that the returns earned by fund shareholders--what we call dollar-weighted returns, how much they put in and take out--lag the returns that are reported by the funds themselves by about 2 percentage points per year.

    Get Briefed: John Bogle

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  • Is that where the DDR songs like "Boom Boom Dollar" come from? I always thought that sounded strange.

    November 8, 2007

  • I agree.

    Also a popular beat combo of the 1980's.

    November 8, 2007

  • The best etymology ever.

    November 8, 2007

  • In nuclear engineering, a dollar describes the "reactivity" of a nuclear reactor. For each reactor, 1 dollar is the reactivity at which the chain reaction is just self-sustaining. The size of the unit varies with the design of the reactor; a typical size is approximately 10-5 = 0.001%.

    November 6, 2007