riyal

riyal

[ree-yawl, -yahl]
noun
1.
a bronze coin and monetary unit of Qatar, equal to 100 dirhams.
2.
a silver coin and monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, equal to 100 halala or 20 qurush.
3.
(formerly) a coin and monetary unit of the Yemen Arab Republic, equal to 100 fils or 40 buqshas.
Also, rial.


Origin:
1935–40; < Arabic riyāl < Spanish real real2

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riyal (rɪˈjɑːl)
 
n
the standard monetary unit of Qatar, divided into 100 dirhams; Saudi Arabia, divided into 100 halala; and Yemen, divided into 100 fils
 
[from Arabic riyāl, from Spanish realreal²]

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riyal

monetary unit of Saudi Arabia and of Qatar.

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