[ lee-ver; French lee-vruh ]
/ ˈli vər; French ˈli vrə /

noun, plural li·vres [lee-verz; French lee-vruh] /ˈli vərz; French ˈli vrə/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. livonian,
  2. livor,
  3. livor mortis,
  4. livorno,
  5. livraison,
  6. livy,
  7. livyer,
  8. liwan,
  9. lixivia,
  10. lixiviate

Origin of livre

1545–55; < Middle French, Old French < Latin lībra balance, pound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for livre


/ (ˈliːvrə, French livrə) /


a former French unit of money of account, equal to 1 pound of silver

Word Origin for livre

C16: via Old French from Latin lībra the Roman pound

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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