rouble

[ roo-buh l ]
/ ˈru bəl /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. rou,
  2. rouault,
  3. rouault, georges,
  4. roubaix,
  5. roubiliac,
  6. rouche,
  7. roucou,
  8. roue,
  9. rouen,
  10. rouen lilac

ruble

or rou·ble

[ roo-buh l ]
/ ˈru bəl /

noun

a silver or copper-alloy coin and monetary unit of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states, equal to 100 kopecks.

Origin of ruble

1545–55; < Russian rubl'; Old Russian rublĭ literally, stump, plug, derivative of rubiti to chop; probably orig. denoting a piece cut from a silver bar, or a bar notched for division into smaller pieces

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British Dictionary definitions for rouble

rouble

ruble

/ (ˈruːbəl) /

noun

the standard monetary unit of Belarus and Russia, divided into 100 kopecks
the former standard monetary unit of Tajikistan, divided into 100 tanga

Word Origin for rouble

C16: from Russian rubl silver bar, from Old Russian rublǐ bar, block of wood, from rubiti to cut up

ruble

/ (ˈruːbəl) /

noun

a variant spelling of rouble
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Word Origin and History for rouble

ruble

n.

unit of the Russian monetary system, 1550s, via French rouble, from Russian rubl', perhaps from Old Russian rubiti "to chop, cut, hew," so called because the original metallic currency of Russia (14c.) consisted of silver bars, from which the necessary amount was cut off; from Proto-Slavic *rub-, from PIE root *reub-, *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)).

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