dirham

dirham

[dir-ham, dih-ram, dir-uhm]
noun
1.
a money of account of Iraq, the 20th part of a dinar, equal to 50 fils.
2.
a money of account of Kuwait, the 10th part of a dinar, equal to 100 fils.
3.
a brass-clad steel coin and monetary unit of Libya, the 1000th part of a dinar: replaced the millieme in 1971.
4.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Morocco, equal to 100 centimes. Abbreviation: DH.
5.
a bronze or cupronickel coin of Qatar, the 100th part of a riyal.
6.
a money of account of Tunisia, the 10th part of a dinar, equal to 100 millimes.
7.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of the United Arab Emirates, equal to 100 fils.

Origin:
1965–70; < Arabic dirham < Greek dráchma; see drachma

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dirham (ˈdɪəræm)
 
n
1.  the standard monetary unit of Morocco, divided into 100 centimes
2.  the standard monetary unit of the United Arab Emirates, divided into 10 dinars and 100 fils
3.  a.  a Kuwaiti monetary unit worth one tenth of a dinar and 100 fils
 b.  a Tunisian monetary unit worth one tenth of a dinar and 100 millimes
 c.  a Qatari monetary unit worth one hundredth of a riyal
 d.  a Libyan monetary unit worth one thousandth of a dinar
4.  any of various silver coins minted in North African countries at different periods
 
[C18: from Arabic, from Latin: drachma]

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