Definition of hawala in English:

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hawala

Pronunciation: /həˈwälə/ Pronunciation: /-ˈvälə/

noun

A system or agency for transferring money traditionally used in the Muslim world, whereby the money is paid to an agent who then instructs a remote associate to pay the final recipient.
Example sentences
  • U.S. aid and a crackdown on invisible hawala money transfers lifted Pakistan's economy.
  • To move large sums of money, they can avoid the banking system by using hawala money movers or couriers.
  • Money laundering in the Indian Ocean basin relies upon a traditional alternative banking system known as hawala or hundi, which makes it difficult to trace money transfers.

Origin

From Arabic, literally 'change, transform'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ha·wa·la

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