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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 these services he was created duke of Gaeta by the king, and was assigned a pension of 10,000 lire by parliament.

  • The cost of a "calcarone" of about 500 tons capacity is 800 lire.

  • She saw that it was the blackmailing letter Cesare had received from the Neapolitan secret society, demanding two thousand lire.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • That was the best wine in their cellar, and cost ten lire a bottle.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • There was Annina Giannini; she had five thousand lire, and more to come, and now she is married to a doctor in Lucca.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • "Thank you," said Hermione to Fabiano, giving him a couple of lire.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Too obviously repaired; still, if Signore Ripollo would take three hundred lire for it, the thing might be worth picking up.

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The Aquila Verde would shelter and feed her for six lire a day.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • The tops cost you only ten lire, and you have sold them for twenty times as much.

    Rafael in Italy Etta Blaisdell McDonald
British Dictionary definitions for lire


/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 lire



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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