the former basic monetary unit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin of zaire; from Port, probably ; from Kongo nzadi, big river
- Za·ir′e·an, Za·ir′i·an
- (historical) The unit of currency of Zaire.
- (historical) the Democratic Republic of the Congo (former name, used between 1971 and 1997).
Truncation of Kongo nzadi o nzere ("river swallowing rivers", referring to the Congo river) adopted in accordance with the Authenticity Movement.