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[roo-pee, roo-pee]
  1. a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, equal to 100 paise. Abbreviation: R., Re.
  2. a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Sri Lanka, equal to 100 cents.
  3. Also called rufiyaa. a coin and monetary unit of the Maldives, equal to 100 laris.
  4. a former monetary unit of Bhutan, equal to 100 naye paise.
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Origin of rupee

First recorded in 1605–15, rupee is from the Hindi word rupayā
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  1. the standard monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan (divided into 100 paise), Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and the Seychelles (divided into 100 cents)
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi rupaīyā, from Sanskrit rūpya coined silver, from rūpa shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for rupee


Indian coin, 1610s, from Hindi or Urdu rupiyah, from Sanskrit rupyah "wrought silver," perhaps originally "something provided with an image, a coin," from rupah "shape, likeness, image."

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