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 (lē′vər, lē′vrə)
A money of account formerly used in France and originally worth a pound of silver.

[French, from Old French, from Latin lībra, a unit of weight, pound.]
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(ˈliːvrə; French livrə)
(Currencies) a former French unit of money of account, equal to 1 pound of silver
[C16: via Old French from Latin lībra the Roman pound]
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(ˈli vrə)

n., pl. -vres (-vrə).
a former money of account and group of coins of France, issued in coin form orig. in gold: discontinued in 1794.
[1545–55; < Middle French, Old French < Latin lībra balance, pound]
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References in classic literature ?
"Fifty sols for the robes of our valets, and twelve livres for the mantles of the clerks of our crown!
Two chaplains at ten livres a month each, and, a chapel clerk at one hundred sols!
when in '79 it did not exceed six and thirty thousand livres, did it attain in '80, forty-three thousand six hundred and nineteen livres?
"Bourse, six hundred thousand livres; various property, two millions.
"Thirty-nine millions two hundred and sixty thousand livres, monseigneur."
"No, monseigneur; there want seven hundred and forty thousand livres."
In fact, how could a man to whom ten thousand livres were owing, refuse to carry away a present worth six thousand, enhanced in estimation from having belonged to a descendant of Henry IV.?
My intendant has prepared the orders of a thousand livres, drawn upon the cities of the south; he will give you a hundred of them.
"Four hundred and seventy-five livres," said D'Artagnan, who reckoned like Archimedes.
With the four hundred livres we will make the half of one for one of the unmounted, and then we will give the turnings out of our pockets to D'Artagnan, who has a steady hand, and will go and play in the first gaming house we come to.
They were yours, you disposed of them according to your fancy, and I asked no questions; but it is not the less true that you have this year received 500,000 livres."
"Oh, let us have no gestures, no screams, no modern drama, or you will oblige me to tell you that I see Debray leave here, pocketing the whole of the 500,000 livres you have handed over to him this year, while he smiles to himself, saying that he has found what the most skilful players have never discovered -- that is, a roulette where he wins without playing, and is no loser when he loses." The baroness became enraged.