from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A Canadian coin worth one dollar.
  • n. Informal The Canadian dollar.

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  • n. The Canadian dollar (both the coin and the monetary unit).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in Canada


From the image of a loon on one side of the coin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • A loonie is our dollar, Nom, which is about $1.01 to you.


  • Canadian gave it the name loonie because it has a picture of a common loon, a popular Canadian bird, on its reverse and it has Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.


  • And while the loonie is tied more closely to the USD, it’s not pegged.

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  • Hey Al, I have no idea what a loonie is or how much it’s worth, but you’ve got a deal there, player.


  • But Canada isn't quite the bargain it used to be: Since 2004 the Canadian dollar (known as the loonie) is up 25% against the U.S. dollar.

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  • The dollar coin is called a loonie, because there's a picture of a loon (the bird) on one side.

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  • Late Friday in New York, one Canadian dollar -- known as the loonie for the bird pictured on coins -- fetched $1.06.

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  • The currency, known as the loonie for the bird on the C$1 coin, climbed as much as 0.8 percent to $1.0171. -- Top News

  • The Australian dollar is the most overvalued in two decades versus the so-called loonie, while slower Chinese growth amid higher inflation may lessen the attraction of countries that depend on selling raw materials to Asia's biggest economy. -- Top News

  • Canada's dollar, also known as the loonie for the image of the aquatic bird on the C$1 coin, depreciated 0.2 percent to 97.61 cents versus the greenback, from 97.42 on May 20, extending its monthly drop to 3.2 percent. -- Top News


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