noun, plural zlotys (collectively) zloty.
a nickel coin and monetary unit of Poland, equal to 100 groszy. Abbreviation: Zl.

1915–20; < Polish złoty literally, of gold, golden, adj. derivative of złoto gold

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monetary unit of Poland, 1915, from Pol., lit. "of gold," from zloto "gold," related to Rus. zoloto, Czech zlato "gold" (see gold).
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monetary unit of Poland. Each zloty (spelled zloty in Polish) is divided into 100 groszy. The National Bank of Poland has the exclusive right to issue currency in the country. Coins range from 1 groszy to 5 zlotys, and bills are issued in amounts varying between 10 and 200 zlotys. On the obverse side of the banknotes are historical figures; for example, King Casimir III (1310-70) appears on the 50-zloty note, and King Sigismund I (1467-1548) is on the 200-zloty bill. The reverse side is adorned with a symbol of the reign of the figure on the front. For example, the 50-zloty note contains an eagle from the royal seal of Casimir III, and the 200-zloty note depicts an eagle intertwined with an S, a design taken from a chapel bearing Sigismund's name.

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As financial markets seized up, however, the zloty went into reverse.
As a large part of the debt is denominated in dollar or euro, it grows quickly when the zloty weakens.
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