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[mil-reys; Portuguese meel-reys]
noun, plural mil·reis.
  1. a silver coin and former monetary unit of Brazil, equal to 1000 reis, discontinued in 1942.
  2. a gold coin and former monetary unit of Portugal, equal to 1000 reis, discontinued in 1910.
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Origin of milreis

1580–90; < Portuguese: a thousand reis. See milli-, reis
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Examples from the Web for milreis

Historical Examples

  • Camillo took out a note for ten milreis' and gave it to her.

    Brazilian Tales

    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

  • The Portuguese money system—reis and milreis—is that of Brazil.

  • Lisbon stands also at a discount, as the milreis should be worth 53 pence.

  • In a few days I received five milreis and a long skin of cashass.

  • His great efforts were not unrewarded, for in the following year he received a yet further pension of 12 milreis.

British Dictionary definitions for milreis


noun plural -reis
  1. a former monetary unit of Portugal and Brazil, divided into 1000 reis
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Word Origin

C16: from Portuguese, from mil thousand + réis, pl of real royal
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