[ dol-er ]
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  1. a paper money, silver or cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of the United States, equal to 100 cents. Symbol: $

  2. a silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of Canada, equal to 100 cents. Symbol: $

  1. any of the monetary units of various other nations, as Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, East Timor, Fiji, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Zimbabwe, equal to 100 cents.

  2. Also called ringgit. a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Brunei, equal to 100 sen.

  3. a thaler.

  4. a peso.

  5. British Slang. (formerly)

    • five-shilling piece; crown.

    • the sum of five shillings.

Origin of dollar

First recorded in 1545–55; earlier daler, from Low German, Dutch daler; cognate with German Taler, short for Joachimsthaler, a silver coin minted in Joachimsthal (Czech Jáchymov ) in Bohemia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dollar in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dollar


/ (ˈdɒlə) /

  1. the standard monetary unit of the US and its dependencies, divided into 100 cents

  2. the standard monetary unit, comprising 100 cents, of the following countries or territories: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Zimbabwe

  1. British informal (formerly) five shillings or a coin of this value

  2. look or feel (like) a million dollars informal to look or feel extremely well

Origin of dollar

C16: from Low German daler, from German Taler, Thaler, short for Joachimsthaler coin made from metal mined in Joachimsthal Jachymov, town now in the Czech Republic

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with dollar


In addition to the idiom beginning with dollars

  • dollars to doughnuts, it's

also see:

  • feel like a million dollars
  • look like a million dollars
  • you can bet your ass (bottom dollar)

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