$

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Character $
Unicode name DOLLAR SIGN
Code point U+0024
Entity number $
Unicode block Basic Latin
# [U+0023] [U+0025] %

Translingual[edit]

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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$oft Window$"

Symbol[edit]

$

  1. (programming) Used in various programming languages for different purposes.
    1. Prefix indicating a variable in some languages, like Perl, PHP, shell scripts.
    2. Suffix indicating a string in BASIC.
    3. Prefix indicating a hexadecimal constant in Pascal and assembly languages.
      • 1988, Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor (page 45)
        On paper, simply add the carry to the next addition; that is, $B2 + $9C + 1. That's fine for paper, but how is it done by computer?
    4. End of line or end of input.

Derived terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

When used as a currency symbol, $ precedes the number it qualifies (in English), despite being pronounced second. 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
  • - lari
  • – hryvnia
  • – kip
  • – lira (in Turkey)
  • – manat
  • – mill
  • – naira
  • – peso
  • £ – pound
  • – riyal
  • – riel
  • ރ – rufiyaa
  • – ruble
  • – 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