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[ ree-yawl, -yahl ]
/ riˈyɔl, -ˈyɑl /


a bronze coin and monetary unit of Qatar, equal to 100 dirhams.
a silver coin and monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, equal to 100 halala or 20 qurush.
(formerly) a coin and monetary unit of the Yemen Arab Republic, equal to 100 fils or 40 buqshas.

Nearby words

rivne, rivulet, rivulus, rix-dollar, riyadh, riyal, riza shah pahlavi, riza shah pahlevi, rizal, rizal day, rizal, josé
Also rial.

Origin of riyal

1935–40; < Arabic riyāl < Spanish real real2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for riyal

  • So far this year alone, the riyal has dropped from about 18,000 to the dollar to 24,000 to the dollar.

    Can Sanctions Peacefully Stop Iran From Getting the Bomb?|David Frum|September 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for riyal


/ (rɪˈjɑːl) /


the standard monetary unit of Qatar, divided into 100 dirhams; Saudi Arabia, divided into 100 halala; and Yemen, divided into 100 fils

Word Origin for riyal

from Arabic riyāl, from Spanish real real ²
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