Definition of maravedi in English:

maravedi

noun

  • A medieval Spanish copper coin and monetary unit.

    • ‘In 1598 Santa Isabel enjoyed the beneficence of Ana Paredes Aldrete who left the convent a rent worth 1000 maravedis a year.’
    • ‘At stake were payments owed on her alimentos; she was entitled to 30,000 maravedis each year.’
    • ‘This was done to the benefit of his daughter, Isabel, a nun at San Quirce, who received half of the partitioned amount: 80,000 maravedis.’
    • ‘In return he offered the community a substantial endowment of 47,500 maravedis and an additional 3000 maravedis for work on the church.’
    • ‘Similarly, Maria Turregano reserved 20,000 maravedis of her legitimas for herself, specifying that the sum would go to her convent, Santa Catalina, upon her death.’

Origin

Spanish, from Arabic murābiṭīn ‘holy men’, a name applied to the North African Berber rulers of Muslim Spain, from the late 11th century to 1145.

Pronunciation

maravedi

/ˌmarəˈveɪdi/