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rupee

[roo-pee, roo-pee] /ruˈpi, ˈru pi/
noun
1.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, equal to 100 paise.
Abbreviation: R., Re.
2.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Sri Lanka, equal to 100 cents.
3.
Also called rufiyaa. a coin and monetary unit of the Maldives, equal to 100 laris.
4.
a former monetary unit of Bhutan, equal to 100 naye paise.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Hindi rupayā
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British Dictionary definitions for rupee

rupee

/ruːˈpiː/
noun
1.
the standard monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan (divided into 100 paise), Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and the Seychelles (divided into 100 cents)
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi rupaīyā, from Sanskrit rūpya coined silver, from rūpa shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for rupee
n.

Indian coin, 1610s, from Hindi or Urdu rupiyah, from Sanskrit rupyah "wrought silver," perhaps originally "something provided with an image, a coin," from rupah "shape, likeness, image."

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Encyclopedia Article for rupee

monetary unit of Muslim India from the 16th century and the modern monetary unit of India and Pakistan. The modern unit is divided into 100 paisa in India and Pakistan. The name derives from the Sanskrit rupya ("silver"). The rupee is also the name of the monetary unit used in Mauritius, Nepal, and Seychelles.

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