[leer-uh; Italian lee-rah] /ˈlɪər ə; Italian ˈli rɑ/

noun, plural lire
[leer-ey; Italian lee-re] /ˈlɪər eɪ; Italian ˈli rɛ/ (Show IPA), liras.
a coin and monetary unit of Italy until the was adopted, equal to 100 centesimi.
Abbreviation: L., Lit.
a monetary unit of Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican City until the was adopted.
a silver, bronze, or chrome steel coin and monetary unit of Turkey, equal to 100 kurus; equal to 100 piasters before 1933; Turkish pound.
Abbreviation: TL.
/ˈlɪərə; Italian ˈliːra/
noun (pl) lire (ˈlɪərɪ; Italian) (ˈliːre), liras
the former standard monetary unit of Italy, San Marino, and the Vatican City, divided into 100 centesimi; replaced by the euro in 2002
Also called pound. the standard monetary unit of Turkey, divided into 100 kuruş
the former standard monetary unit of Malta, divided into 100 cents or 1000 mils; replaced by the euro in 2008

Italian monetary unit, 1610s, from Italian lira, literally “pound,” from Latin libra (see Libra).


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