Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Canadian coin worth one dollar.
  • noun The Canadian dollar.

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  • noun Canada, informal The Canadian dollar (both the coin and the monetary unit).

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  • noun the basic unit of money in Canada

Etymologies

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

[From the image of a loon on one side of the coin.]

Examples

  • A loonie is our dollar, Nom, which is about $1.01 to you.

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  • Canadian gave it the name loonie because it has a picture of a common loon, a popular Canadian bird, on its reverse and it has Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

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  • And while the loonie is tied more closely to the USD, it’s not pegged.

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  • Hey Al, I have no idea what a loonie is or how much it’s worth, but you’ve got a deal there, player.

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  • But Canada isn't quite the bargain it used to be: Since 2004 the Canadian dollar (known as the loonie) is up 25% against the U.S. dollar.

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  • But Canada isn't quite the bargain it used to be: Since 2004 the Canadian dollar (known as the loonie) is up 25% against the U.S. dollar.

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  • But Canada isn't quite the bargain it used to be: Since 2004 the Canadian dollar (known as the loonie) is up 25% against the U.S. dollar.

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  • The dollar coin is called a loonie, because there's a picture of a loon (the bird) on one side.

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  • Late Friday in New York, one Canadian dollar -- known as the loonie for the bird pictured on coins -- fetched $1.06.

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  • The currency, known as the loonie for the bird on the C$1 coin, climbed as much as 0.8 percent to $1.0171.

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Comments

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  • The Canadian one dollar coin.

    March 3, 2007

  • The face on the front, so I've heard
    Is not what the natives preferred.
    The payback, though puny,
    Is there on the loonie,
    Where they give the old lady the bird.

    June 30, 2014