Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A former Spanish coin and unit of currency, originally issued in gold but later in silver and copper, discontinued in 1848.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small copper coin of Spain, equal to three mils American money, less than a farthing sterling. Also, an ancient Spanish gold coin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gold coin struck in Spain by the Moorish dynasty of Almoravides in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It weighed about 60 grains. -2. In later times, the smallest denomination of Spanish money, varying in value from a little less to a little more than half an English farthing or quarter of a United States cent.

Etymologies

From Spanish maravedí, from Arabic مرابطين (murābiŧīn) (an inflected plural of مرابط (murābiŧ)), the name of the Berber rulers of Muslim Spain during the 12th century. Compare marabout. (Wiktionary)

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  • ...pretty fellows, with vanity in their hearts, tinsel on their backs, and not a maravedi in their pockets...

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 5 ch. 1

    September 19, 2008

  • "'...at this point no bank in those parts could without long notice raise so much—let alone advance a single maravedi on such security.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 21

    March 20, 2008