noun, plural mar·a·ve·dis.

a former gold coin issued by the Moors in Spain.
a former minor copper coin of Spain, discontinued in 1848.

Origin of maravedi

1530–40; < Spanish maravedí, from Arabic Murābitīn the Almoravids; see marabout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maravedi

Historical Examples of maravedi

  • I hold my pardon, and care not a maravedi for spy or informer.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I have nothing to give you, and if I had a whole world I would not give a maravedi's worth to you.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

  • I would not have given ten maravedi for my head when those children of the devil were pushing us against the wall.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • In a comprehensive way it may be said that the history of this word or name, maravedi, sums up the monetary history of Spain.

  • At the time of its adoption by the Christian powers of Spain, the maravedi (or sueldo de oro) was equal to 1⁄6 onza of gold.

British Dictionary definitions for maravedi


noun plural -dis

any of various Spanish coins of copper or gold

Word Origin for maravedi

C15: from Spanish, from Arabic Murābitīn (plural of murābit marabout), the Moorish dynasty in Córdoba, 1087–1147
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