- a silver or copper-alloy coin and monetary unit of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states, equal to 100 kopecks.
Origin of ruble
Examples from the Web for rouble
I've blown last night every rouble I had from my dad the other day.Under Western Eyes
Every kopeck, every rouble, has gone to tighten that embrace.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
It is true it might have been worth no more than a kopeck, but a kopeck is to him what a rouble is to me.
While here we have to go to the Exchange and try to aim well to make a rouble.
The rouble is equivalent to about two shillings and a penny.Through Siberia and Manchuria By Rail
Oliver George Ready
- the standard monetary unit of Belarus and Russia, divided into 100 kopecks
- the former standard monetary unit of Tajikistan, divided into 100 tanga
- a variant spelling of rouble
Word Origin and History for rouble
unit of the Russian monetary system, 1550s, via French rouble, from Russian rubl', perhaps from Old Russian rubiti "to chop, cut, hew," so called because the original metallic currency of Russia (14c.) consisted of silver bars, from which the necessary amount was cut off; from Proto-Slavic *rub-, from PIE root *reub-, *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)).