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[lee-ver; French lee-vruh] /ˈli vər; French ˈli vrə/

noun, plural livres
[lee-verz; French lee-vruh] /ˈli vərz; French ˈli vrə/ (Show IPA)
a former money of account and group of coins of France, issued in coin form first in gold, then in silver, finally in copper, and discontinued in 1794.
/ˈliːvrə; French livrə/
a former French unit of money of account, equal to 1 pound of silver

former French money, 1550s, from French livre “pound,” in Old French in both the weight and money senses, from Latin libra “pound” (see Libra). Equivalent to the 20c. franc, it was made up of 20 sous.


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