- a silver or cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Iran, equal to 100 dinars.
Origin of rial1
1930–35; < Persian < Arabic riyāl riyal
- rose noble.
- a former gold coin of Scotland, equal to 60 shillings.
- a former silver coin of Scotland, equal to 30 shillings.
Origin of ryal
1350–1400; Middle English (Scots): royal
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Examples from the Web for rial
And it is rising fast: 100, 200, and 500 rial notes are now pretty much useless, Hanke reports.
And so scarce dollars have seen their value rise sharply against the rial.
The rial traded at 12,000 to the dollar at the beginning of 2010.
The recent currency collapse -- the rial has lost 30% of its value since the summer -- implies further price surges.
Today the rial trades at about 35,000 to the dollar, when it trades at all.
In fine, the Indian prefers the rial of a Chinese to the dollar of a Spaniard.A Visit to the Philippine Islands
The wages of a day labourer are from five to six dollars a month, besides his food, which may be worth a rial a day more.Buenos Ayres and the Provinces of the Rio de La Plata
The accomplishment of rial navigation, then, is within reach; its practicability can no longer be denied.Lecture on Artificial Flight
Wm. G. Krueger
The weight of the atmosphere is neither increased nor diminished by the rial tides.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained
Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
At the same time the rial of Mary brought sixty-three pounds, and the rial of Elizabeth twenty-one pounds ten shillings.
- the standard monetary unit of Iran
- the standard monetary unit of Oman, divided into 1000 baizas
- another name for riyal
C14: from Persian, from Arabic riyāl riyal
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