- the former basic monetary unit of:
- Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City, superseded in 2002 by the euro
- Malta, superseded in 2008 by the euro
- the basic monetary unit of Turkey
Origin of liraItalian ; from Classical Latin libra, a balance, pound
nounpl. li·re or li·ras Abbr. l.
- See Table at currency.
- The primary unit of currency in Italy, Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City before the adoption of the euro.
Origin of liraItalian, from Old Italian, from Old Provençal liura, from Latin l&imacron;bra, a unit of weight, pound.
(plural lire or liras)
From Italian lira.
lira - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Malta, comprised of 100 cents; the currency unit of Vatican City, comprised of 100 centesimos; the currency unit of San Marino, comprised of 100 centesimos; the currency unit of Turkey, comprised of 100 kurus.