Origin of dollar
Examples from the Web for dollar
There may be no entrapped pool of human talent left on earth with the dollar value of Cuban athletes.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In just a few hours on Tuesday, the dollar exchange rate collapsed from 64 to 80 rubles before climbing back to about 68.
Pakistan was dancing for the U.S. dollar and joined up with it without any dignity.
At currency auctions, it traded at around 64.45 rubles to the dollar and 78.8 to the euro.
In Tuesday trading alone, it plunged by more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar.
A dollar is 254⁄5 grains of a metal compound coined, of which nine parts are pure gold and one part a hardening alloy.Principles of Political Economy|Arthur Latham Perry
The sketching easel that is good for anything has never been made to sell for a dollar and a half.The Painter in Oil|Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
One day I met the Kid there, looking for a dollar as hard as a financier.The Autobiography of a Thief|Hutchins Hapgood
The dollar was made the unit of account and payment, and subdivisions were made in a decimal ratio.Albert Gallatin|John Austin Stevens
Even in the off season, when dogs was down, Nig could get his dollar a day, but his masters couldn't get fifty cents.The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
British Dictionary definitions for dollar
Word Origin for dollar
Word Origin and History for dollar
1550s, from Low German daler, from German taler (1530s, later thaler), abbreviation of Joachimstaler, literally "(gulden) of Joachimstal," coin minted 1519 from silver from mine opened 1516 near Joachimstal, town in Erzgebirge Mountains in northwest Bohemia. German Tal is cognate with English dale.
The thaler was a large silver coin of varying value in the German states (and a unit of the German monetary union of 1857-73 equal to three marks); it also served as a currency unit in Denmark and Sweden. English colonists in America used the word in reference to Spanish pieces of eight. Continental Congress July 6, 1785, adopted dollar when it set up U.S. currency, on suggestion of Gouverneur Morris and Thomas Jefferson, because the term was widely known but not British. But none were circulated until 1794.
When William M. Evarts was Secretary of State he accompanied Lord Coleridge on an excursion to Mount Vernon. Coleridge remarked that he had heard it said that Washington, standing on the lawn, could throw a dollar clear across the Potomac. Mr. Evarts explained that a dollar would go further in those days than now. [Walsh]
The dollar sign ($) is said to derive from the image of the Pillars of Hercules, stamped with a scroll, on the Spanish piece of eight. Phrase dollars to doughnuts attested from 1890; dollar diplomacy is from 1910.
Idioms and Phrases with dollar
In addition to the idiom beginning with dollars
- dollars to doughnuts, it's
- feel like a million dollars
- look like a million dollars
- you can bet your ass (bottom dollar)