$

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Translingual[edit]

Character  $ 
Unicode name DOLLAR SIGN
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+0024
# ← Basic Latin → %

Etymology[edit]

$ 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.[1] It was used in the US before the adoption of the dollar in 1785.[2]

Noun[edit]

$

  1. (used everywhere except in the Philippines) Abbreviation of peso.
  2. Abbreviation of dollar.

Derived terms[edit]

  • (small form variant)

Letter[edit]

$

  1. (figuratively) A substitute for the letter S or a space or hyphen used as a symbol of (perceived) greedy business practices.
    "Micro$oft Window$"
  2. (programming, PHP) prefix indicating a variable
  3. (programming, BASIC) suffix indicating a string
  4. (programming) hexadecimal
  5. (computer science, parsers, regexes) End of line or end of input

Usage notes[edit]

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”.

See also[edit]

Currency signs

  • ؋ – afghani
  • ฿ – baht
  • ¢ – cent
  • – colón
  • – cedi
  • $ – dollar
  • – dong
  • ֏ - dram
  • – euro
  • ƒ – florin (also called guilder and gulden)
  • – guarani
  • – hryvnia
  • – kip
  • – lira (in Turkey)
  • – mill
  • – naira
  • – peso
  • £ – pound
  • – riyal
  • – riel
  • ރ – rufiyaa
  • – rupee
  • – rupee
  • – Indian rupee
  • or taka (in Bangladesh)
  • – rupee (in Gujarat)
  • – new shekel
  • – tenge
  • – tugrik
  • – won
  • ¥ – yen

Formerly used currency signs

  • – austral
  • – ECU (European Currency Unit)
  • – cruzeiro
  • – drachma
  • – franc
  • – lira
  • – Livres Tournois
  • – mark
  • – peseta
  • – pfennig
  • – spesmilo


References[edit]

  1. ^ A history of mathematical notations, Florian Cajori, 1993
  2. ^ US Bureau of Engraving and Printing