Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Dollars are worth more apiece in New York than any town I've ever been in.

Without stopping to reflect, I ran below and secured my dollars.

It's the Egypt lot I worry about: girls out for dukes, and dukes out for dollars.

And here he gave the number of dollars at the rate of the day on the pound.

At last we were coming to the end—to that last figure in dollars and cents.

But when it's merely a question of dollars for himself to live on, he's a perfect baby.

I believe that in 1870, the yield will not exceed thirty millions of dollars.

No ingots or dollars were here, to crown me the little Monte Cristo of a week.

It doesn't bring in the dollars as fast as some others, but it does seem a man's job to me.

There's more ants in this house than there is dollars, a good sight.


1550s, from Low German daler, from German taler (1530s, later thaler), abbreviation of Joachimstaler, literally "(gulden) of Joachimstal," coin minted 1519 from silver from mine opened 1516 near Joachimstal, town in Erzgebirge Mountains in northwest Bohemia. German Tal is cognate with English dale.

The thaler was a large silver coin of varying value in the German states (and a unit of the German monetary union of 1857-73 equal to three marks); it also served as a currency unit in Denmark and Sweden. English colonists in America used the word in reference to Spanish pieces of eight. Continental Congress July 6, 1785, adopted dollar when it set up U.S. currency, on suggestion of Gouverneur Morris and Thomas Jefferson, because the term was widely known but not British. But none were circulated until 1794.

The dollar sign ($) is said to derive from the image of the Pillars of Hercules, stamped with a scroll, on the Spanish piece of eight. Phrase dollars to doughnuts attested from 1890; dollar diplomacy is from 1910.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.