Definition of rial in US English:



  • 1The basic monetary unit of Iran and Oman, equal to 100 dinars in Iran and 1,000 baiza in Oman.

    • ‘People say we get paid in rials, the Iranian currency, but face expenses in dollars, which are worth much more.’
    • ‘Some other ‘royal’ currencies are the real, the rial (Iran, Oman, Yemen), and the riyal - all stemming from Latin regalis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The exchange rate gives some indication of this: there are about 9,000 rials to the US dollar.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2

    variant spelling of riyal
    • ‘Please also do not close my accounts numbered above with you, but retain a sum of 1,000 Saudi riyals in each account.’
    • ‘The article states, ‘The cost of King Fahd's efforts in this field has been astronomical, amounting to many billions of Saudi riyals.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Tamimi manager says the company pays an average salary of one Saudi riyal a day and grants leave once every two years.’
    • ‘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.’


Via Persian from Arabic riyāl, from Spanish real ‘royal’.