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[bol-uh-ver, buh-lee-vahr; Spanish baw-lee-vahr] /ˈbɒl ə vər, bəˈli vɑr; Spanish bɔˈli vɑr/
noun, plural bolivars Spanish, bolivares
[baw-lee-vah-res] /ˌbɔ liˈvɑ rɛs/ (Show IPA)
a coin and monetary unit of Venezuela, equal to 100 centimos.
Abbreviation: B.
1880-85; < American Spanish, after S. Bolívar


[bol-uh-ver, buh-lee-vahr; Spanish baw-lee-vahr] /ˈbɒl ə vər, bəˈli vɑr; Spanish bɔˈli vɑr/
[sahy-muh n;; Spanish see-mawn] /ˈsaɪ mən;; Spanish siˈmɔn/ (Show IPA),
("El Libertador") 1783–1830, Venezuelan statesman: leader of revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule.
Pico, a mountain in W Venezuela, in the Cordillera Mérida: highest elevation in Venezuela. 16,411 feet (5007 meters). Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bolivar


/ˈbɒlɪˌvɑː; Spanish boˈliβar/
Simon (siˈmon). 1783–1830, South American soldier and liberator. He drove the Spaniards from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru and hoped to set up a republican confederation, but was prevented by separatist movements in Venezuela and Colombia (1829–30). Upper Peru became a separate state and was called Bolivia in his honour


/ˈbɒlɪˌvɑː; Spanish boˈliβar/
noun (pl) -vars, -vares (-βares)
the standard monetary unit of Venezuela, equal to 100 céntimos
Word Origin
named after Simon Bolivar
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bolivar fuerte

monetary unit of Venezuela. Each bolivar fuerte is divided into 100 centimos (cents). The bolivar fuerte (the equivalent of 1,000 bolivares) was introduced in 2008 in an attempt to curb high inflation and simplify financial transactions. It replaced the bolivar, which had been adopted as Venezuela's monetary unit in 1879. Prior to 1879, independent Venezuela used three separate currencies: the escudo, the peso, and the venezolano.

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