[leer-uh; Italian lee-rah]
- a coin and monetary unit of Italy until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 centesimi. Abbreviation: L., Lit.
- a monetary unit of Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City until the euro was adopted.
- 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.
Origin of lira
1610–20; < Italian < Old Provençal lieura < Latin lībra pound
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Examples from the Web for lire
He and another bidder battled until Nicolo finally won the paintings for 45,000 lire—around $32.Italian Autoworker Discovers Stolen Masterpieces on His Kitchen Wall
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That was the best wine in their cellar, and cost ten lire a bottle.The Underdog
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"Thank you," said Hermione to Fabiano, giving him a couple of lire.A Spirit in Prison
The Aquila Verde would shelter and feed her for six lire a day.Olive in Italy
I owe you the incredible amount of one hundred thousand lire.The Lure of the Mask
At Ferrara the rent of a house yearly in 1455 was 25 Lire; comp.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
- the former standard monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City, divided into 100 centesimi; replaced by the euro in 2002
- Also called: pound the standard monetary unit of Turkey, divided into 100 kuruş
- the former standard monetary unit of Malta, divided into 100 cents or 1000 mils; replaced by the euro in 2008
Italian, from Latin lībra pound
Word Origin and History for lire
Italian monetary unit, 1610s, from Italian lira, literally "pound," from Latin libra (see Libra).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper