Definition of cruzeiro in English:

cruzeiro

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of Brazil from 1990 to 1993, equal to 100 centavos.

    • ‘To add further to the experience, two local cowboys on horseback, clearly in search of a few cruzeiros themselves, offered their horses to us for rides around the square.’
    • ‘But I did have a few leftover cruzeiro notes from the previous trip, for I was living, socializing, and eating with the Army and in the U.S. expediter's quarters.’
    • ‘The counterfeit cruzeiro substitutes a photo-derived image of a Brazilian Indian on one side, and on the reverse an image understood to represent a psychiatric patient, symbolic of the marginalized and oppressed.’
    • ‘With the Cedula Project, cruzeiro banknotes and American dollars were rubber-stamped with messages and returned to circulation.’

Origin

Portuguese, literally ‘large cross’.

Pronunciation

cruzeiro

/krəˈzerō/