or rou·ble

[roo-buh l]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ruble

Contemporary Examples of ruble

Historical Examples of ruble

  • What his shield is to the soldier in battle, that was the ruble to the Jew in the Pale.

  • He walked swiftly away, but he dropped a ruble into Anna's hand as he passed her by.

  • You pay one ruble (fifty cents) for blankets, sheets and towels.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow

    William Seymour Edwards

  • Take the tree you have felled to the manor-house and pay up a fine of one ruble.

    A Family of Noblemen

    Mikhal Saltykov

  • I would have given them half a ruble each, it's not the money I mind, but fancy bargaining with me!

British Dictionary definitions for ruble



a variant spelling of rouble
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Word Origin and History for ruble

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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