[roo-pee, roo-pee]


a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, equal to 100 paise. Abbreviation: R., Re.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Sri Lanka, equal to 100 cents.
Also called rufiyaa. a coin and monetary unit of the Maldives, equal to 100 laris.
a former monetary unit of Bhutan, equal to 100 naye paise.

Origin of rupee

First recorded in 1605–15, rupee is from the Hindi word rupayā Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of rupee

  • The rupee is falling in part because foreign investors have decided this is a bad time to be investing in India.

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    India’s Rupee Drops Off a Cliff

    William O’Connor

    August 29, 2013

Historical Examples of rupee

British Dictionary definitions for rupee



the standard monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan (divided into 100 paise), Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and the Seychelles (divided into 100 cents)

Word Origin for rupee

C17: from Hindi rupaīyā, from Sanskrit rūpya coined silver, from rūpa shape, beauty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper