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[mar-uh-vey-dee] /ˌmær əˈveɪ di/
noun, plural maravedis.
a former gold coin issued by the Moors in Spain.
a former minor copper coin of Spain, discontinued in 1848.
Origin of maravedi
1530-40; < Spanish maravedí < Arabic Murābitīn the Almoravids; see marabout Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maravedi
Historical Examples
  • The maravedi is a small copper coin, of the value of three mills in American money.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 Charles H. Sylvester
  • I hold my pardon, and care not a maravedi for spy or informer.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • For Prvost I cared not a maravedi, and would have spitted him liked a smoked herring at any time with the greatest pleasure.

    The Span o' Life William McLennan
  • I have nothing to give you, and if I had a whole world I would not give a maravedi's worth to you.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • Lastly, there was no choice left her, the new commandant was daily expected, and she could not raise a maravedi.

    Odd Volume Various
  • I would not have given ten maravedi for my head when those children of the devil were pushing us against the wall.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In a comprehensive way it may be said that the history of this word or name, maravedi, sums up the monetary history of Spain.

  • At the time of its adoption by the Christian powers of Spain, the maravedi (or sueldo de oro) was equal to 1⁄6 onza of gold.

  • Suppose I were to take Zillah to wife—the old rascal would not give me a maravedi.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • "I value not his madness a maravedi," said Sir Hugh, whose anger was predominant at the moment.

British Dictionary definitions for maravedi


noun (pl) -dis
any of various Spanish coins of copper or gold
Word Origin
C15: from Spanish, from Arabic Murābitīn (plural of murābitmarabout), the Moorish dynasty in Córdoba, 1087–1147
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