|Unicode name||DOLLAR SIGN|
|Unicode block||Basic Latin|
$ appears to have evolved ca 1775 in the United States from a common abbreviation for pesos, also known as piastres or pieces of eight, a P/raised-S ligature PS that passed through a stage resembling ֆ. It was used in the US before the adoption of the dollar in 1785.
- ﹩ (small form variant)
- (figuratively) A substitute for the letter S or a space or hyphen used as a symbol of (perceived) greedy business practices.
- "Micro$oft Window$"
- (programming) Prefix indicating a variable in some languages, like Perl, PHP, shell scripts.
- (programming) Suffix indicating a string in BASIC.
- (programming) Prefix indicating a hexadecimal constant in Pascal.
- (programming) End of line or end of input
When used as a currency symbol, $ precedes the number it qualifies, despite being pronounced second (in English). For example, “$1” is read as “one dollar” not “dollar one”.
Formerly used currency signs