[ yoor-oh, yur- ]
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noun,plural eu·ros, (especially collectively) eu·ro.

Origin of euro

From Ngajuri (an Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Jamestown and Peterborough, South Australia) yuru

Other definitions for euro (2 of 4)

[ yoor-oh, yur- ]

noun,plural eu·ros, eu·ro.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) the official common currency of 19 European Union nations (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain). It is also the official currency of Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, and the Vatican City. In 1999 the euro was first adopted by 11 nations as an alternative currency in noncash transactions. Then in 2002 the euro fully replaced existing currencies in 12 European Union nations, before being adopted more widely. Symbol: €

Origin of euro

1970–75; shortening of Eurocurrency

Other definitions for Euro (3 of 4)

[ yoor-oh, yur- ]

  1. European: a Euro expert.

Origin of Euro

Independent use of Euro-

Other definitions for Euro- (4 of 4)


  1. a shortening of European used as a combining form, especially with the meaning “western European,” particularly in reference to the European financial market or the European Economic Community: Eurodollar; Eurofarmers.

  • Also especially before a vowel, Eur- . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for euro (1 of 2)


/ (ˈjʊərəʊ) /

nounplural -os
  1. the official currency unit, divided into 100 cents, of the member countries of the European Union who have adopted European Monetary Union; these are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portgual, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain; also used by Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Kosovo, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Montenegro, Réunion, San Marino, and the Vatican City

British Dictionary definitions for euro- (2 of 2)


before a vowel eur-

/ (ˈjʊərəʊ-) /

combining form(sometimes capital)
  1. Europe or European: eurodollar

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Cultural definitions for euro


The common currency used in eleven countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain). The euro became the official currency of these nations in 1999, but nations were not obliged to phase out their existing currencies until 2002. The expectation is that introduction of the euro will stimulate cross-border investment by eliminating fluctuating exchange rates.

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