[lee-ver; French lee-vruh]
- a former money of account and group of coins of France, issued in coin form first in gold, then in silver, finally in copper, and discontinued in 1794.
Origin of livre
1545–55; < Middle French, Old French < Latin lībra balance, pound
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Examples from the Web for livre
Charlemagne's livre was a Troyes1 pound of silver of definite fineness.The Paper Moneys of Europe
Francis W. Hirst
The livre of order-money is considered worth fifty per cent.The Coinages of the Channel Islands
The livre was the old French monetary unit which was displaced by the franc.
The livre of Tours was worth 20 sous; that of Paris, 25 sous.
He also wrote a Livre de perspective , and a Livre de portraiture .
- a former French unit of money of account, equal to 1 pound of silver
C16: via Old French from Latin lībra the Roman pound
Word Origin and History for livre
former French money, 1550s, from French livre "pound," in Old French in both the weight and money senses, from Latin libra "pound" (see Libra). Equivalent to the 20c. franc, it was made up of 20 sous.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper