[ le-oo ]
/ ˈlɛ ʊ /

noun, plural lei [ley] /leɪ/.

a coin and monetary unit of Romania, equal to 100 bani. Abbreviation: L.
Also ley.

Origin of leu

1875–80; < Romanian: literally, lion, a designation based on Turkish arslanlι (arslan lion + -lι adj. suffix), name given to the Dutch rijksdaalder, which circulated in the later Ottoman Empire and bore the image of a lion

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/ (ˈleɪuː) /

noun plural lei (leɪ)

the standard monetary unit of Romania and Moldova, divided into 100 bani

Word Origin for leu

from Romanian: lion
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Word Origin and History for leu



monetary unit of Romania, introduced 1867, literally "lion." Monetary names in the Balkans often translate as "lion" because Dutch gold coins stamped with lions circulated widely in the region in the 17c. and the word for "lion" came to be a word for "money" in some languages in the region.

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