Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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pound), Syria (also pound), Jordan (also dinar), former currency of Italy, Malta, San Marino and the Vatican City, superseded by the euro.
  • n. The former currency of Israel, superseded by the sheqel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An Italian coin equivalent in value to the French franc.

from The 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.
  • n. One of the grooves or furrows on a shell.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Italian lira. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Turkish Markets Show Fragile Side

  • It was marked 1,250 Lebanese lira, which is less than a dollar.

    Day of Honey

  • 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.

    Turkish Stocks Drop the Most in Five Years

  • 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.

    Overweight in Metal, This Band Tries to Play Tunes in Forex

  • In true NuLab/BBC fashion they probably mean 6 billion turkish lira, which is about three shillings and sixpence in real money.

    “ Letting Down Future Generations “

  • 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 Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • It won't be long before the lira is the new global reserve currency.

  • The lira is the world's worst-performing currency this year among 31 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • As a result of our consideration of these trends and the high yield in Turkish lira backed by a highly recognized and accredited industry leader, we believe this very short two year Volkswagen Group corporate bond in Turkish lira offers an exceptionally attractive opportunity for high yield income diversification, and it is why we have chosen to add it to our Foreign and World Fixed Income holdings.

  • By 2004, the lira was the world's least valuable currency.

    Bloomberg

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