Definitions

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

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The common name for the monetary currencies used in modern India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, or Mauritius.
  • n. A silver coin, circulating in India 16th–20th centuries, weighing 170–180 troy grains (180 troy grains from 1833) or one tola.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin, and money of account, in the East Indies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The standard unit of value in India; also, a current silver coin of India, valued normally at 2s., or about 48 United States cents.
  • n. A current silver coin of Ceylon, equal to 16 annas or 32.47 United States cents.

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

  • n. the basic unit of money in Pakistan; equal to 100 paisa
  • n. the basic unit of money in Seychelles; equal to 100 cents
  • n. the basic unit of money in India; equal to 100 paise
  • n. the basic unit of money in Nepal; equal to 100 paisa
  • n. the basic unit of money in Mauritius; equal to 100 cents
  • n. the basic unit of money in Sri Lanka; equal to 100 cents

Etymologies

Hindi rupayā, rupiyā, from Sanskrit rūpyam, stamped silver coin, from rūpya-, well-formed, stamped, from rūpam, shape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi रुपीया (rupīyā), variant of रुपया (rupayā) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How can it be that simultaneously externally the rupee is appreciating?

    Asian currency tensions simmer as dollar sinks

  • Masson, vol. I, p. 359, claims that Shikarpur "has or had the privilege of coining; and the rupee is a very good one, nearly or quite equal to the sicca rupee if India."

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • The drawn down amount will be used to refinance the company's short-term rupee borrowings, which were made to purchase licenses for third-generation mobile phone spectrum last year.

    Reliance Communications Draws on Second Tranche

  • The British Government had given me some money coined in the mint at Calcutta; these rupees I ordered to be melted down, and, after 6 per cent. of copper had been added to the alloy, they were re-coined into Kabul rupees (the value of the English rupee is 16 pence, that of the Kabul rupee 12 pence).

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • Gray's final comment on the new machine minted Kabul rupee is instructive, and will remind readers of Rawlinson's experience in Qandahar: "The Amir is introducing the new rupee into circulation by paying the soldiers of his army with that coin."

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • Other interesting facts: The plural form of the word rupee was changed to rupaiya in Hindi only after the mid-1950s, while the phrase Satyameva Jayate was first inscribed on the Rs 100 notes issued in 1980.

    Analysis

  • The name rupee derives from rupa or rup; the Indian name for silver.

    CARPE DIEM

  • Although the participating banks are yet to workout the modality of financing, it is likely that initial funding will be done through a short-term rupee-US dollar loan, carrying 6-12 months maturity but after this, Fortis may arrange long-term funding, the source said.

    The Times of India

  • But Mr Rawat said these were not 'symbols' but 'abbreviations' for the word rupee and hence the contest that is open to artists who are 'resident Indians'.

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  • The firm has Rs1,200 crore of debt on its books as of September end, of which cash debt component is Rs 148 crore, long-term rupee loan Rs188 crore, short-term rupee loan Rs120 crore, FCCBs Rs560 crore and a bank loan of Rs358 crore.

    Daily News & Analysis

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