American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See Table at currency.
- n. The primary unit of currency in Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City before the adoption of the euro.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A modern silver coin of the kingdom of Italy, divided into 100 centesimi, and worth a franc, or about 19 United States cents.
- n. A gold coin of Turkey, otherwise called a Turkish pound, equal to $4.40.
- n. A lyre; formerly, also, some related instrument. The name has been loosely applied to many instruments of the viol class, and to others having a resonance-box resembling that of the violin and violoncello; also to an instrument in which the tones are produced by properly tuned steel bars fastened in a lyre-shaped rim and struck with a hammer.
- n. One of the grooves or furrows on a shell.
- n. The basic unit of currency in Turkey.
- n. The currency of Lebanon (also pound), Syria (also pound), Jordan (also dinar), former currency of Italy, Malta, San Marino and the Vatican City, superseded by the euro.
- n. The former currency of Israel, superseded by the sheqel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An Italian coin equivalent in value to the French franc.
- n. the basic unit of money in Turkey
- n. formerly the basic unit of money in Italy; equal to 100 centesimi
- n. the basic unit of money on Malta; equal to 100 cents
- From Italian lira. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Old Italian, from Old Provençal liura, from Latin lībra, a unit of weight, pound. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But the rally in Turkish lira-denominated securities last month -- the lira rose 8.3% against the dollar in the month while the blue-chip ISE-100 stock index rose 9.4% -- was driven in large part by domestic investors turning toward their own currency after they had sought a safe-haven in foreign currencies amid calls for elections in the spring.”
“It was marked 1,250 Lebanese lira, which is less than a dollar.”
“Economists said the governor's explanation on Monday was likely to continue to weigh on the lira, which is the worst performing major emerging-market currency this year.”
“Duff McKagan , the former bassist of Guns N' Roses, once unwittingly spent $40,000 on expensive suits in Italy because he didn't realize how much his purchases—then in Italian lira—were worth in dollars.”
“In true NuLab/BBC fashion they probably mean 6 billion turkish lira, which is about three shillings and sixpence in real money.”
“The metrical system is in force in Italy for the measure of objects and of value; the lira is the unit of value; its nominal worth is 20 cents.”
“The lira is the world's worst-performing currency this year among 31 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg.”
“By 2004, the lira was the world's least valuable currency.”
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