Definition of lira in English:


Syllabification: li·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈli(ə)rə

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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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