rupee

[ roo-pee, roo-pee ]
/ ruˈpi, ˈru pi /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. runup,
  2. runway,
  3. runyon,
  4. runyon, damon,
  5. ruok,
  6. rupert,
  7. rupert's land,
  8. rupert, prince,
  9. rupes altai,
  10. rupestrine

Origin of rupee

First recorded in 1605–15, rupee is from the Hindi word rupayā

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British Dictionary definitions for rupee

rupee

/ (ruːˈpiː) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for rupee

rupee

n.

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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