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rouble

[roo-buh l] /ˈru bəl/
noun
1.

ruble

or rouble

[roo-buh l] /ˈru bəl/
noun
1.
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
1545-1555
1545-55; < Russian rubl'; Old Russian rublĭ literally, stump, plug, derivative of rubiti to chop; probably orig. denoting a piece cut from a silver bar, or a bar notched for division into smaller pieces
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Examples from the Web for rouble
Historical Examples
  • I've blown last night every rouble I had from my dad the other day.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • 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.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • While here we have to go to the Exchange and try to aim well to make a rouble.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • The rouble is equivalent to about two shillings and a penny.

  • A kopek is the one-hundredth part of a rouble; the value of the latter is about 2s.

  • The present value of the rouble is rather over two shillings and one penny.

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • McShane held up a rouble, and called out to the driver—“Scorae!”

    The Poacher Frederick Marryat
  • A Russian rouble was to be had for twopence, and an officer's sword could be had for a franc.

    Under the Red Crescent Charles S. Ryan
  • I gave him a note'—a rouble that is—'for I thought if he did not pawn it with me he would with another.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
British Dictionary definitions for rouble

rouble

/ˈruːbəl/
noun
1.
the standard monetary unit of Belarus and Russia, divided into 100 kopecks
2.
the former standard monetary unit of Tajikistan, divided into 100 tanga
Word Origin
C16: from Russian rubl silver bar, from Old Russian rublǐ bar, block of wood, from rubiti to cut up

ruble

/ˈruːbəl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of rouble
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Word Origin and History for rouble

ruble

n.

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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