[ cher-voh-nits, -nets; Russian chyir-vaw-nyits ]
/ tʃərˈvoʊ nɪts, -nɛts; Russian tʃyɪrˈvɔ nyɪts /
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noun, plural cher·von·tsi [cher-vohnt-see; Russian chyir-vawn-tsi]. /tʃərˈvoʊnt si; Russian tʃyɪrˈvɔn tsɪ/.
a former gold coin and monetary unit of the U.S.S.R., equal to ten rubles.
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Origin of chervonets
1920–25; <Russian chervónets,Old Russian chervon(n)yi a similar gold coin <Polish czerwony a gold coin, literally, red (apparently because gold of a high purity was thought to have a reddish cast), cognate with Czech červený,Serbo-Croatian cr̀ven, cr̀(v)ljen,Bulgarian chervén<Slavic *čṛvljen, originally past participle of *čṛviti to dye red, derivative of *čṛvĭ worm, kermes (Serbo-Croatian cr̂v,Polish czerw,Russian chervʾ), a by-form of *čṛmĭ; compare OCS chrĭmĭnŭ red; see crimson, vermilion
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British Dictionary definitions for chervonets
/ (tʃəˈvɔːnɛts) /
(formerly) a Soviet monetary unit and gold coin worth ten roubles
Word Origin for chervonets
from Old Russian červonyi, from Old Polish czerwony golden, purple
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