[bol-uh-ver, buh-lee-vahr; Spanish baw-lee-vahr]

noun, plural bol·i·vars, Spanish bo·li·va·res [baw-lee-vah-res] /ˌbɔ liˈvɑ rɛs/.

a coin and monetary unit of Venezuela, equal to 100 centimos. Abbreviation: B.

Origin of bolivar

1880–85; < American Spanish, after S. Bolívar


[bol-uh-ver, buh-lee-vahr; Spanish baw-lee-vahr]


Si·món [sahy-muh n; Spanish see-mawn] /ˈsaɪ mən; Spanish siˈmɔn/, El Libertador, 1783–1830, Venezuelan statesman: leader of revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule.
Pico, a mountain in W Venezuela, in the Cordillera Mérida: highest elevation in Venezuela. 16,411 feet (5007 meters). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Simon (siˈmon). 1783–1830, South American soldier and liberator. He drove the Spaniards from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru and hoped to set up a republican confederation, but was prevented by separatist movements in Venezuela and Colombia (1829–30). Upper Peru became a separate state and was called Bolivia in his honour


noun plural -vars or -vares (-βares)

the standard monetary unit of Venezuela, equal to 100 céntimos

Word Origin for bolívar

named after Simon Bolivar
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