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lira

[leer-uh; Italian lee-rah]
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noun, plural li·re [leer-ey; Italian lee-re] /ˈlɪər eɪ; Italian ˈli rɛ/, li·ras.
  1. a coin and monetary unit of Italy until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 centesimi. Abbreviation: L., Lit.
  2. a monetary unit of Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City until the euro was adopted.
  3. a silver, bronze, or chrome steel coin and monetary unit of Turkey, equal to 100 kurus; equal to 100 piasters before 1933; Turkish pound. Abbreviation: TL.
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Origin of lira

1610–20; < Italian < Old Provençal lieura < Latin lībra pound
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lira

noun plural lire (ˈlɪərɪ, Italian ˈliːre) or liras
  1. the former standard monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City, divided into 100 centesimi; replaced by the euro in 2002
  2. Also called: pound the standard monetary unit of Turkey, divided into 100 kuruş
  3. the former standard monetary unit of Malta, divided into 100 cents or 1000 mils; replaced by the euro in 2008
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Word Origin

Italian, from Latin lībra pound
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lira

n.

Italian monetary unit, 1610s, from Italian lira, literally "pound," from Latin libra (see Libra).

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