Tael definition

tāl
Any of various units of weight used in eastern Asia, roughly equivalent to 38 grams (113 ounces).
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A unit of currency formerly used in China, equivalent in value to this weight of standard silver.
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Any of various units of weight used in eastern Asia, roughly equivalent to 38 grams (113 ounces).
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A unit of currency formerly used in China, equivalent in value to this weight of standard silver.
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Any of various units of weight of E Asia.
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(historical) A Chinese unit of money equal in value to a tael of silver.
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Any of several units of measure used in China and elsewhere in eastern Asia, approximately 40 grams.
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Any of several monetary units equal to the equivalent weight in silver.
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(Hong Kong) Leung, a traditional unit of weight, in modern usage legally defined as 1/16 of a catty or kan (æ–¤) or 0.0377993638 kilograms.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of tael - tale, tahil

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tael
Plural:
taels

Origin of tael

  • Portuguese from Malay tahil probably from Javanese from Old Javanese tahil to weigh

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Portuguese from Malay tahil probably from Javanese from Old Javanese tahil to weigh

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Portuguese tael, from Malay tahil.

    From Wiktionary