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[leer-uh; Italian lee-rah] /ˈlɪər ə; Italian ˈli rɑ/
noun, plural lire
[leer-ey; Italian lee-re] /ˈlɪər eɪ; Italian ˈli rɛ/ (Show IPA),
a coin and monetary unit of Italy until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 centesimi.
Abbreviation: L., Lit.
a monetary unit of Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City until the euro was adopted.
a silver, bronze, or chrome steel coin and monetary unit of Turkey, equal to 100 kurus; equal to 100 piasters before 1933; Turkish pound.
Abbreviation: TL.
Origin of lira
1610-20; < Italian < Old Provençal lieura < Latin lībra pound Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For I feel sure that you will undertake the business I ask, for love of me and a commission of a lira of piccoli for each ducat.

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford
  • O'Mally handed him the exact amount, minus the lira for the button.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • It costs about a lira and a half—something like thirty cents of our money—to see the fresco.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • lira did not feel the spell of night that had settled upon the rest of the world.

    The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis
  • The official fee would be five lira—or say three lira—or even two.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad Edith Van Dyne
  • We all drank German beer obtained in the saloon at a lira a bottle.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • I wanted a little to take with me, for my purse hasn't a lira in it; but, no!

  • Lire: the lira is an Italian coin of the value of a franc (say, tenpence).

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
British Dictionary definitions for lira


/ˈlɪərə; Italian ˈliːra/
noun (pl) lire (ˈlɪərɪ; Italian) (ˈliːre), liras
the former standard monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City, divided into 100 centesimi; replaced by the euro in 2002
Also called pound. the standard monetary unit of Turkey, divided into 100 kuruş
the former standard monetary unit of Malta, divided into 100 cents or 1000 mils; replaced by the euro in 2008
Word Origin
Italian, from Latin lībra pound
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lira

Italian monetary unit, 1610s, from Italian lira, literally "pound," from Latin libra (see Libra).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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