a silver or copper-alloy coin and monetary unit of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states, equal to 100 kopecks.
Also, rouble.

1545–55; < Russian rubl'; Old Russian rublĭ literally, stump, plug, derivative of rubiti to chop; probably orig. denoting a piece cut from a silver bar, or a bar notched for division into smaller pieces Unabridged
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rouble or ruble (ˈruːbəl)
1.  the standard monetary unit of Belarus and Russia, divided into 100 kopecks
2.  the former standard monetary unit of Tajikistan, divided into 100 tanga
[C16: from Russian rubl silver bar, from Old Russian rublǐ bar, block of wood, from rubiti to cut up]
ruble or ruble
[C16: from Russian rubl silver bar, from Old Russian rublǐ bar, block of wood, from rubiti to cut up]

ruble (ˈruːbəl)
a variant spelling of rouble

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Word Origin & History

unit of Rus. monetary system, 1554, via Fr., from Rus. rubl', perhaps from rubiti "to chop, cut," so called because the original metallic currency of Russia (14c.) consisted of silver bars, from which the necessary amount was cut off.
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the monetary unit of Russia (and the former Soviet Union) and Belarus (spelled rubel).

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Example sentences
The government announced a moratorium on the repayment of some foreign debt and a restructuring of ruble-denominated debt.
The ruble went into free fall as russians sought frantically to buy dollars.
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