lira [leer-uh; Italian lee-rah] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural li·re [leer-ey; Italian lee-re] /ˈlɪər eɪ; Italian ˈli rɛ/, li·ras.
- a coin and monetary unit of Italy until the was adopted, equal to 100 centesimi. Abbreviation: L., Lit.
- a monetary unit of Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City until the was adopted.
- a silver, bronze, or chrome steel coin and monetary unit of Turkey, equal to 100 kurus; equal to 100 piasters before 1933; Turkish pound. Abbreviation: TL.
Origin of lira 1610–20; Italian Old Provençal lieura Latin lībra pound Examples from the Web for lira Contemporary Examples of lira
Ismail Adin, another shop owner in Beyoglu, also said sales of alcohol were down, from about 5,000 Lira a day to 2,000 Lira.
June 13, 2014
I get 400 Turkish lira ($198) a month and 300 of that goes on rent.
November 19, 2013
Historical Examples of lira
O’Mally handed him the exact amount, minus the lira for the button.
I wanted a little to take with me, for my purse hasn’t a lira in it; but, no!
L. Frank Baum
It took him two days, and cost him several hundred lira for guides.
Lewis R. Freeman
And to her amazement, Lira’s brother held out the magic castanets.
Lira did not feel the spell of night that had settled upon the rest of the world.
British Dictionary definitions for lira lira noun plural lire (ˈlɪərɪ, Italian ˈliːre) or liras
- the former standard monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City, divided into 100 centesimi; replaced by the euro in 2002
- Also called: pound the standard monetary unit of Turkey, divided into 100 kuruş
- the former standard monetary unit of Malta, divided into 100 cents or 1000 mils; replaced by the euro in 2008
Word Origin for lira Italian, from Latin lībra pound Word Origin and History for lira n.
Italian monetary unit, 1610s, from Italian lira, literally “pound,” from Latin libra (see).