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lira

Syllabification: li·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈlērə
 
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Definition of lira in English:

noun (plural lire /ˈli(ə)rā, ˈli(ə)rə/)

1The basic monetary unit of Italy (until replaced by the euro in 2002), notionally equal to 100 centesimos.
Example sentences
  • When the euro went into Italy, the lira suddenly became unpopular with young people.
  • Perhaps Maroni wants to go back to the lira so that Italy can de-value it.
  • Mussolini believed that a weak lira looked bad for Italy when he was trying to create the image of a super-power in Europe.
2The basic monetary unit of Turkey, equal to 100 kurus.
Example sentences
  • Since Turkey plunged into a deep economic crisis in February the lira has plummeted around 60 percent against the dollar.
  • Turkey gave up its defence of the lira last week, leaving the currency to drop by a third in just two days and leaving 65 million Turks facing serious inflationary problems and sharply reduced spending power.
  • The bill from the hotel came to 1644 Turkish lira followed by six noughts.

Origin

Italian, from Provençal liura, from Latin libra 'pound'.

Words that rhyme with lira

Altamira, chimera, clearer, Elvira, era, hearer, Hera, hetaera, interferer, lempira, lire, Madeira, Megaera, monstera, rangatira, rearer, scorzonera, sera, shearer, smearer, sneerer, steerer, Thera, Utsire, Vera

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