One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The basic monetary unit of Iran and Oman, equal to 100 dinars in Iran and 1,000 baiza in Oman.
- ‘The exchange rate gives some indication of this: there are about 9,000 rials to the US dollar.’
- ‘Some other ‘royal’ currencies are the real, the rial (Iran, Oman, Yemen), and the riyal - all stemming from Latin regalis.’
- ‘People say we get paid in rials, the Iranian currency, but face expenses in dollars, which are worth much more.’
- ‘Despite having been awarded 180m rials each (don't get too excited, that's about £10,000) for making it to Germany, home for the Iran squad will be the modest family-run Ringhotel Krone in Friedrichshafen.’
- ‘Mehdi Karoubi, a mid-ranking cleric and political moderate, has promised that if elected he will start paying everyone over the age of 18 the sum of 500000 rials every month - no questions asked.’
2The basic monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Yemen, equal to 100 halala in Saudi Arabia, 100 dirhams in Qatar, and 100 fils in Yemen.
- ‘A large cache of ammunition, 250,000 riyals in cash and a check for 20 million Saudi riyals were all found in the terrorists' lair after the three-day standoff came to an end, indicating how well - armed and financed they were.’
- ‘A Tamimi manager says the company pays an average salary of one Saudi riyal a day and grants leave once every two years.’
- ‘Please also do not close my accounts numbered above with you, but retain a sum of 1,000 Saudi riyals in each account.’
- ‘The ambassador is alleged to have deposited international drafts in Saudi Arabian riyals in amounts of between $2 million and $4 million, according to reports in the Washington Post.’
- ‘The article states, ‘The cost of King Fahd's efforts in this field has been astronomical, amounting to many billions of Saudi riyals.’’
Via Persian from Arabic riyāl, from Spanish real ‘royal’.
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