cruzeiro

[kroo-zair-oh; Portuguese kroo-ze-roo]
noun, plural cru·zei·ros [kroo-zair-ohz; Portuguese kroo-ze-roo s] /kruˈzɛər oʊz; Portuguese kruˈzɛ rʊs/.
  1. a monetary unit of Brazil equal to 100 centavos.

Origin of cruzeiro

1925–30; < Portuguese, equivalent to cruz cross + -eiro < Latin -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for cruzeiro

cruzeiro

noun plural -ros (-rəʊz, Portuguese -ruʃ)
  1. a former monetary unit of Brazil, replaced by the cruzeiro real

Word Origin for cruzeiro

Portuguese: from cruz cross
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