any of the monetary units of:
- Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, and Kuwait, equal to of a dinar
- the United Arab Emirates, equal to of a dirham
- Yemen, equal to of a rial
Origin of filsAr, earlier fals ; from Late Greek phollis, a small coin, of a solidus
a son or a youth: often used like English “Jr.”: Alexandre Dumas fils
Origin of filsFrench ; from Classical Latin filius: see filial
Used to distinguish a son from his father when they have the same given name.
Origin of filsFrench, from Latin fīlius, son; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
nounpl. fils fils
- A unit of currency equal to 1/1000 of the dinar in several countries of the Middle East.
- A unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the dirham in the United Arab Emirates.
Origin of filsArabic fals, fils, from Latin follis, bellows, windbag, purse, piece of money; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Used after a proper name that is common to a father and his son to indicate that the son is being referred to rather than the father.
- Current usage of differentiating fathers and sons is borrowed from French; hence this term follows the name as it does in French grammar.
- (rare) The son referred to in the manner of the adjective above.
From French fils (“son”).