from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Table at currency.
- n. A coin or note worth one dollar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Official designation for currency in some parts of the world, including Canada, Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. Its symbol is $.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A silver coin of the United States containing 371.25 grains of silver and 41.25 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 412.5 grains.
- n. A gold coin of the United States containing 23.22 grains of gold and 2.58 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 25.8 grains, nine-tenths fine. It is no longer coined.
- n. A coin of the same general weight and value as the United States silver dollar, though differing slightly in different countries, formerly current in Mexico, Canada, parts of South America, also in Spain, and several other European countries.
- n. The value of a dollar; the unit of currency, differing in value in different countries, commonly employed in the United States and a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, parts of the Carribbean, Liberia, and several others.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The English name of the large silver German coin called thaler: also applied to similar coins of the Low Countries and of Scandinavia; to the large silver coin of Spain, the celebrated “Spanish dollar,” or peso, also called pillar dollar (from its figure of the Pillars of Hercules) and piece of eight (as containing 8 reals); and later to a large silver coin succeeding the Spanish dollar in Spanish America.
- n. The monetary unit or standard of value of the United States and Canada, containing 100 cents, and equal to about 4s. 1⅓d. English.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a United States coin worth one dollar
- n. a symbol of commercialism or greed
- n. a piece of paper money worth one dollar
- n. the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 cents
Low German daler, taler, from German Taler, short for Joachimstaler, after Joachimstal (Jáchymov), a town of northwest Czech Republic where similar coins were first minted.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since about 1500, from early Dutch daler, daalder, from German Taler, Thaler ("dollar"), from Sankt Joachimsthaler, coins minted in the Saint Joachim valley (Tal is German for "valley"). (Wiktionary)