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Several linguistic issues have arisen in relation to the spelling of the words euro and cent in the many languages of the member states of the European Union, as well as in relation to grammar and the formation of plurals.

In official documents, the name "euro" must be used for the nominative singular in all languages, though different alphabets are taken into account and plural forms and declensions are accepted. In documents other than EU legal texts, including national legislation, other spellings are accepted according to the various grammatical rules of the respective language.[1][2][3] For European Union legislation, the spelling of the words for the currency is prescribed for each language; in the English-language version of European Union legislation the forms "euro" and "cent" are used invariantly in the singular and plural, even though this departs from usual English practice for currencies.[4]



Euro conventions
1 Language Usage Euro With Numbers Cent With Numbers Pronunciation (in IPA)
Bulgarian 3,14 € евро
10 евро
10 evro
10 евроцента
10 evrocenta
10 цента
10 centa
ˈɛ ˈɛv.rotsɛnt
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Catalan 3'14 € euro 10 euros cèntim 10 cèntims ˈɛu.ɾu
Czech 3,14 € euro 2, 3, 4 eura
5 eur
cent 2, 3, 4, centy
5 centů
ˈɛ tsɛnt
Danish euro 10 euro cent 10 cent
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Dutch[5] € 3,14 euro 10 euro cent 10 cent ˈʏroː sɛnt
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png English €3.14 euro 10 euros
*10 euro
cent 10 cents
*10 cent
Estonian 3,14 € euro 10 eurot2 sent 10 senti2
Faroese €3,14 evra 10 evrur sent 10 sent ˈɛvɹa sɛnt
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Finnish 3,14 € euro 10 euroa2 sentti 10 senttiä2 ˈeuro ˈɑ2 ˈsentːi
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png French 3,14 € euro 10 euros cent
10 cents
10 centimes
øˈʁo sɑ̃, sɛnt
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png German €3,14 (AT)
3,14 € (DE)
Euro 10 Euro Cent 10 Cent ˈɔyʁo[6] tsɛnt
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Greek 3,14 € (GR)
€ 3.14 (CY)
ευρώ 10 ευρώ λεπτό (GR)
cent (CY)
10 λεπτά
10 cent
evˈro lepˈto lepˈta (GR)
sent (CY)
Hungarian 3,14 € euró 10 euró cent 10 cent ˈɛuroː ˈtsɛnt
Icelandic evra 10 evrur sent 10 sent
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Irish €3.14 eoró
10 n-eoró
5 eoró
*10 euro
10 gceint
5 cheint
*10 cent
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Italian 3,14 € euro 10 euro centesimo 10 centesimi ˈɛuro tʃenˈtɛzimo
Latvian € 3,14 eiro
10 eiro
10 eiras
centi 10 centi
Lithuanian 3,14 € euras 2 eurai
10 eurų
21 euras
centas 2 centai
10 centų
21 centas
Macedonian 3,14 € евро
10 еврa
10 evra
10 центи
10 centi
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Maltese €3.14 ewro 10 ewro ċenteżmu 10 ċenteżmi
Norwegian euro 10 euro cent 10 cent
Polish 3,14 € euro 10 euro cent 2, 3, 4 centy
10 centów
ˈɛw.rɔ tsɛnt
ˈtsɛn.tɨ tsɛn.tuf
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Portuguese 3,14 € euro 10 euros cêntimo 10 cêntimos ew.ɾɔ
Romanian 3,14 € euro 10 euro
(familiar, non-academic: 10 euroi)
cent 10 cenți ˈ tʃent tʃentsʲ
Russian 3,14 € евро
10 евро
10 evro
2 центa
2 centa
10 центoв
10 centov
21 цент
21 cent
Serbian 3,14 € евро
10 еврa
10 evra
10 центи
10 centi
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Slovak 3,14 € euro 2, 3, 4 eurá
5 eur
cent 2, 3, 4 centy
5 centov
ɛʊ.ɾɔ tsɛnt
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Slovene 3,14 € evro 2 evra
3 evri
5 evrov
stotin 2 stotina
3 stonini
5 stotinov
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Spanish 3'14 € euro 10 euros céntimo 10 céntimos eu.ɾo
EUR 1 (2007 issue).png Swedish 3,14 € (FIN) euro 10 euro cent 10 cent ˈɛu.ɾo (FIN)
ˈɛv.ɾu (SWE)
ˈjʊː.ro (SWE)
Welsh 3.14 € ewro 10 ewro sent sentiau
2 sent3
10 sent
Ukrainian 3,14 € евро
10 евро
10 evro
10 євро
10 évro
2 центи
2 centi
10 центів
10 centiv
21 цент
21 cent
1 the language is an official language in a Eurozone member state.
2 partitive singular. Most languages use a plural or immutable singular with numbers, but Estonian and Finnish use the partitive case.
3 Celtic languages such as Welsh follow numerals with the singular form of the noun, the plural of ewro is invariable while the plural of sent is sentiau.

Languages of part of the European Union



In Asturian, there has been a controversy about the spelling of the word. The official academic dictionary uses the spelling euru[7], respecting the Asturian tendency to write nouns with a final -u. However, considering that the international use is euro and that there is a tendency in Asturian to write some short forms with a final -o (like euro from Europa), other linguists, like Ramón d'Andrés, defend the spelling euro[8].


Bulgarian uses the Cyrillic alphabet. The current design of euro banknotes has the word euro written in both the Latin and Greek alphabets. The same is true of euro coins, but if the Greek model is followed, the alternative spelling will go on the national (obverse) side. In popular Bulgarian usage the currency is referred to as евро [ˈɛvro] (from Bulgarian Европа [ɛvˈropa], meaning Europe); the plural varies in spoken language – евро, евра [ɛvˈra], еврота [ˈɛvrota] – but the most widespread form is евро – without inflection in plural. The word for euro, though, has a normal form with the postpositive definite article – еврото (the euro).

The word for eurocent is евроцент [ˈɛvrotsɛnt] and most probably that, or only цент [ˈtsɛnt], will be used in future when the European currency is accepted in Bulgaria. In contrast to euro, the word for “cent” has a full inflection both in the definite and the plural form: евроцент (basic form), евроцентът (full definite article – postpositive), евроцентове (plural), 2 евроцента (numerative form – after numerals). The word stotinki (стотинки), singular stotinka (стотинка), the name of the subunit of the current Bulgarian currency can be used in place of cent, as it has become a synomym of the word “coins” in colloquial Bulgarian; just like “cent” (from Latin centum), its etymology is from a word meaning hundred – “sto” (сто). Stotinki is used widely in the Bulgarian diaspora in Europe to refer to subunits of currencies other than the Bulgarian lev

Initially, the ECB and the EU Commission insisted that Bulgaria change the name it uses for the currency from ЕВРО to ЕУРО, claiming the currency should have an official and standard spelling across the EU. Bulgaria on the other hand stated that it wants to take into account the different alphabet and the principle of phonetic orthography in the Bulgarian language.[9]

The issue was decisively resolved in favour of Bulgaria at the 2007 EU Summit in Lisbon, allowing Bulgaria to use the Cyrillic spelling евро on all official EU documents.[10][11]

As of 13 December 2007, all EU institutions – including the ECB – use ЕВРО as the official Bulgarian transliteration of the single European currency.


In Catalan the official plural is the same as its regular plural "euros". In Eastern Catalan, the official pronunciation of "euro" is [ˈɛwɾu] in Catalonia, and [ˈɛwɾo] in the Balearic Islands; however, some people pronounce it [ˈewɾo], as in Valencian.

For the cent, the word "cèntim" [ˈsɛntim] (plural "cèntims") is used, since historically this term has been used as the hundredth part of a currency unit. The fraction of the peseta was also called cèntim, but it was withdrawn from circulation decades ago.


In the Cornish language, euro is written ewro (like Ewrop 'Europe'), a masculine noun with its plural ewros.[12] For cent, cent is used, a masculine noun with the plural centys.


In Czech, the words euro and cent are spelt the same as in English and pronounced per Czech phonology [ˈɛuro], [ˈtsɛnt]. Occasionally the word eurocent is used instead of cent to distinguish the euro denomination versus its foreign counterparts. The spelling differs from the Czech word for Europe (Evropa); however "euro-" has become a standard prefix for all things relating to EU (Evropská unie). Sometimes German-like pronunciation [ˈojro] appears jokingly.

The Czech declension uses the different form of plural for various numerals: for 21, 31 etc. uses singular "euro" and "cent", for 2, 3 and 4 (and 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 34 etc.) it is plain nominative eura and centy, while for numbers above 5 genitive (a vestige of partitive) eur and centů. For euro, these grammatically correct declensions are often ignored and non-declinated euro is used for every value.

In Czech euro is of neuter gender and inflected as město, while cent is masculine and inflected as hrad.


The word euro is included in the 2002 version of Retskrivningsordbogen,[13] which is the authoritative source for the Danish language (according to Danish law). Two plurals are given, euro when referring to an amount, and euroer when referring to coins. Both cent and eurocent are mentioned; the plural and singular forms are identical.


Plural: In Dutch, most abstract units of measurement are not pluralised, including the former Dutch gulden and Belgian franc, and now the euro. An amount such as €5 is pronounced 5 euro. This coincides with EU legislation stating that euro and cent should be used as both singular and plural. In Dutch, the words are however pluralised as euro's and centen when referring to individual coins.

The euro is divided into 100 cent, as was the gulden. The Belgian franc was divided into 100 centiemen. The word eurocent is sometimes used[14][15] to distinguish the cent from that of other currencies, such as the dollarcent.[16]

Pronunciation: The word euro is commonly pronounced [ʏːro]; [ʏː] being the standard way to pronounce the eu digraph before an r in Dutch (such as eu in Europa ("Europe")).

Slang terms: In the Netherlands, slang terms that were previously applied to guilder coinage and banknotes are sometimes applied to euro currency. Examples in the Netherlands include stuiver for 5 cents, dubbeltje for 10 cents.[17] However, the word kwartje (quarter), previously used for a gulden coin worth ƒ0.25, did not survive the introduction of the euro, which lacks a coin worth €0.25. Sometimes, the word euro is jokingly given the plural euri, perhaps a mock-Italian plural form.

In Belgium, some Flemings refer to the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins as koper, which is the Dutch word for copper, the metal these coins are made of (compare nickel). Another nickname is ros or rostjes which means redhead or little redheads, referring to the colour of the coins.

Syntax: In Dutch language print, the euro sign (€) is chiefly placed before the amount, from which it is often separated by a (thin) space.[5] This was also the case with the florin sign (ƒ).


Official practice for English-language EU legislation (not necessarily in national legislation[1]) is to use the words euro and cent as both singular and plural.[4] This practice originally arose out of legislation intended to ensure that the banknotes were uncluttered with a string of plurals. Because the s-less plurals had become "enshrined" in EU legislation, the Commission decided to retain those plurals in English in legislation even while allowing regular plurals in other languages.[18] The Directorate-General for Translation now recommends that the regular plurals, euros and cents, be used. The European Commission Directorate-General for Translation's English Style Guide (A handbook for authors and translators in the European Commission) previously recommended the use of regular plurals for documents intended for the general public but now has no restriction on usage and states:

Like ‘pound’, ‘dollar’ or any other currency name in English, the word ‘euro’ is written in lower case with no initial capital. Where appropriate, it takes the plural ‘s’ (as does ‘cent’): This book costs ten euros and fifty cents [. . .] The currency abbreviation precedes the amount and is followed by a hard space [. . .] The symbol also precedes the amount, and is followed by a hard space if the following number contains a space.[19]

Prior to 2006, the inter-institutional style guide recommended use of euro and cent without the plural s, and the translation style guide recommended use of invariant plurals (without s) when amending or referring to original legislation but use of regular plurals in documents intended for the general public.[20]

There has been a limited development of the term "eurozoner", as a denonym for people in the eurozone. Although it began to appear at the turn of the 2000s, its usage is still rare.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

In Ireland

As the euro was being adopted in Ireland the Department of Finance decided to use the word euro as both the singular and plural forms of the currency,[28][29] and because Irish broadcasters took their cue from the Department, the "legislative plurals" tend to also be used on the news and in much Irish advertising. This has had the effect of reinforcing the s-less plurals, although advertisements made in the UK for broadcast in Ireland tend to use the plurals euros and cents (see below).

While many in Ireland use the "legislative" plurals euro and cent, it is also the case that many people in Ireland continue to use the regular plurals euros and cents. (No census is likely to be made of the relative percentages.) At the time the s-less plurals were introduced, at least some people complained[30] that the EU ought not attempt to "change English grammar". (This was a misunderstanding of the "legislative plural" policy. The Commission has made it clear that local conventions for plural formation should apply in most contexts and the "legislative plural" is expected only in a narrow range of contexts—that is, only in legislation. On the other hand, it remains the case that Irish broadcasters are not following the Commission's recommendations.) People who have become accustomed to what they hear on daily television and radio use the s-less plurals. These are also seen written on the notes and coins, though this is less likely to influence usage than broadcasting.

Any number of rationales were subsequently applied to explain why the s-less plural might be acceptable, but these are generally folk etymologies. Long-standing plurals in -s for currencies that have singular forms ending in -o, like pesos and escudos, are relevant when considering the plural of the euro currency. (Compare also the plural of the name of the marsupials known as the Euro.) While it is true that s-less plurals exist in English for some other currencies (such as the yen, won, rand and baht), this usage is not the reason that the s-less plural for the euro was introduced.

Use of both the legislative and regular plurals is widespread in Ireland.

In Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the USA

Common usage in the rest of the English-speaking world, where the euro is not the local currency, is to use the regular plurals. The media in the UK prefer euros and cents as the plural forms. Broadcasts of currency exchange rates outside of the European Union tend to use the plural in -s, with NPR in the United States and CBC in Canada being two examples.

The term euro-cent is sometimes used[citation needed] in countries (such as Australia, Canada, and the United States) which also have "cent" as a currency subdivision, to distinguish them from their local coin. This usage, though unofficial, is perhaps understandable since the coins themselves have the words "EURO" and "CENT" displayed on the common side. The terms "eurodollar", which commonly refers to U.S. dollar deposits outside the United States, or "euro dollar" which is the spoken form of the EUR/USD currency pair in the foreign exchange markets, have occasionally been used,[citation needed] confusingly, to refer to the euro in other parts of the world, particularly non-EU countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States.


In Faroese the euro is called evra, a feminine noun derived from the Faroese name of Europe, Evropa; this makes Faroese (with Icelandic) one of only two European languages in which the word for the euro is feminine. The plural is formed regularly: evrur. The cents are often called sent which is a neuter word and has the same form in the nominative singular.


The Finnish pronunciation for "euro" is [ˈeuro]. In Finnish, the form sentti [ˈsentːi] is used for the cent — 'c' is not used in Finnish, and nativized Finnish words cannot end in consonants like '-nt', therefore a vowel 'i' is added. Finnish does not have irregular declinations, so euro and sentti are regular and decline accordingly. With numerals, the partitive singulars euroa and senttiä are used, e.g., 10 euroa. This is abbreviated 10 €, where the symbol takes the role of the word euroa (never *€10 or *10€). The colon notation (€:a) must not be used with the partitive of euro when the number is in the nominative. In general, colon notation should be avoided and, for example, one should write euron or euroa instead of €:n or €:a.

Plurals (e.g., kymmenet eurot "tens of euros") exist, but they are not used with singular numbers (e.g., kymmenen euroa "ten euro").

Sentti is problematic in that its primary meaning in colloquial language is "centimeter". Thus, the officially recommended abbreviation of sentti is snt, although Finnish merchants generally use a decimal notation (for example 0,35 €).

Slang terms: In Helsinki slang, a slang word for euro is ege. In Tampere slang Eero, a common male name, is used for Euro.


In French the official plural is the same as the regular plural euros. The Académie Française, which is regarded as an authority for the French language in France, stated this clearly [3], following French legislation in this regard. [4].

In France, the word centime is far more common than cent and is recommended by the Académie Française.[31] Centime used to be a hundredth of the French franc which is now called centime de franc. The word cent (plural cents, both pronounced [sɑ̃]) is the official term to be used in the French-language version of community legislation[4]. Before its use in relation to the euro, the word "cent" (pronounced as in English, [sɛnt]) was best known to European Francophones as a hundredth of a dollar (U.S., Canadian, etc.)

French-speaking Belgians use more often cent than centime because[citation needed] centime coins for the Belgian franc (worth, on 1 January 1999 about three U.S. cents) rarely circulated (only a 50 centime coin was still being issued) and because[citation needed] of the influence of Dutch and English, which are more commonly used in Belgium than in France as a result of Belgium's language diversity.


Plural: In German, Euro and Cent are used as both singular and plural when following a numeral, as is the case with all units of measurement of masculine or neuter gender (e.g. Meter, Dollar, Kilo[gramm], etc.). However, when talking about individual coins, the plurals Euros and Cents are used.[32][33]

The only other marked case is the genitive singular, which is (des) Euros or, alternatively, des Euro.

Pronunciation: The beginning of the word Euro is pronounced in German with the diphthong [ɔɪ], which sounds similar to the 'oi' in the English word "oil".[6]

The spelling of the word Cent is not well adapted to German spelling conventions because these strive to avoid ambiguous letter-sound correspondences. Initial letter C is often used in loanwords and corresponds to various pronunciations depending on the language of origin (e.g. [s] in Centime, [tʃ] in Cello, [ts] in Celsius and [k] in Café). Most of these words are therefore eventually spelt phonetically (e.g. Kaffee, Kadmium, Zentimeter).

Latin words beginning with "ce" such as centum (hundred) traditionally represent [ts] in German, and German words derived from these have therefore for a long time already been spelt with a Z, which represents [ts] (as in Zentrum (centre), Zentimeter (centimetre), etc.). Equivalently, some German speakers pronounce the beginning of the word "Cent" [ts], but since they are familiar with the English pronunciation of the American unit cent, most people pronounce it [s].

As these are nouns, both Euro and Cent are capitalised in German.

Slang terms: In Austria and Germany, the euro has also been called Teuro, a play on the word teuer, meaning 'expensive'. The Deutsche Mark by comparison was worth half as much as the euro (a ratio of approximately 2:1) and some grocers and restaurants have been accused of taking advantage of the smaller numbers to increase their actual prices with the changeover.

In youth and Internet culture the fake plural Euronen is sometimes used; This form's origin is unknown but it bears resemblance to Dublonen (Dubloons) and has a retro ring to it. Also, "Öre" is occasionally used, the name of the Swedish currency. Among some punks, the word "Oi", as in the punk rock subgenre of Oi!, is used.[citation needed]

In German Internet culture, the name Fragezeichen (question mark) is occasionally used in reference to the widespread problems with the euro sign which was often rendered as question mark.[citation needed] The term is most often written using the mock currency code FRZ.[citation needed]

In the eastern part of Austria the word Eumeln (meaning "twerps", also plural-only) is occasionally used. It combines the word euro with a typical Austrian-German ending (like the word Semmeln, Austro-Bavarian for "bun" or "roll") and gives the word a more casual and familiar touch.[citation needed]

Abbreviations: Eur[citation needed] sometimes in all caps EUR. TEUR for thousand Euros and MEUR for a million Euros is often used in financial documents. Numbers are given with a comma as decimal separator.


In the Greek language the indeclinable word ευρώ (/evˈro/) is used as the currency's name. It was decided to use omega (ω) rather than omicron (ο) as the last letter of the word, partly because a noun ending with omicron would encourage mutability, and partly to stress the origin of the euro in the Greek word Ευρώπη (Eurōpē, Europe) which is also spelt with omega and it is actually written on the euro notes in Greek as ΕΥΡΩ. Also, the spelling ΕΥΡΟ (resulting in a plural ΕΥΡΑ) on the notes could have confused other Europeans, who might read it as a string of Latin letters: "eypo". A plural form evra, as if from a regular declinable neuter noun in -o, is sometimes used in a jocular way.

For the cent, the terms used are λεπτό, plural λεπτά (leptó, plural leptá), a name used for small denominations of various ancient and modern Greek currencies, including the drachma (which the euro replaced). The word means 'minute' (literally "thin"), the same as the unit of measurement of time or of angle. The term "ευρωλεπτό", plural "ευρωλεπτά" (evˈroleptó, plural evˈroleptá) is some times used when a speaker wants to be completely specific that he refers to money and not time.

Some colloquial names for currency are also in use for the euro. A 5 euro banknote is also colloquially called τάληρο (taliro) from the Germanic root 'thaler' via the Italian 'talero'. A 10 euro banknote is called δεκάρικο (dekariko) and a 20 euro banknote is called εικοσάρικο (eikosariko) or εικοσάρι (eikosari), derivatives of the word for ten and twenty respectively.

10 lepta of a drachma were called δεκάρα (dekara), but since lepta of the drachma were out of circulation long before the euro, this word is now considered too old-fashioned and only used in old expressions and thus it is not used for the 10 eurocent coin. Nevertheless all Greeks understand the word to stand for 10 cents of any currency and thus use it for non-euro currencies like the dime of the US dollar. The same is true for the 5 cent coin which is not called πεντάρα (pentara) like its drachma equivalent. These words come from the words for five and ten respectively.

In Cyprus, however, the cent is officially called 'cent' both in singular and plural. This is the name formerly used for the 1/100th of the Cyprus pound chosen for its neutrality to both official languages of the Republic (Greek and Turkish).[citation needed]


In Hungarian the currency is named euró and cent (as in Hungarian no plural is used after numbers), the former with a long ó, as decided by the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, since Hungarian words cannot end in short o either in writing or in speech (except for one or two interjections), see these international words as examples: fotó, videó, sztereó. The spelling is also in accordance with the word "Europe" in Hungarian ("Európa"). The plural is not normally marked in Hungarian after numerals, but both names can take suffixes like euróval, euróért, euróból, etc. ("with a euro", "for a euro", "from a euro", etc.).

On introduction of the euro, Hungary—along with Lithuania, Latvia, and Slovenia—struggled for the euro to be written in its official documents according to its own usage and spelling, in contrast with Community law, which provides for a single name throughout the Union (in the nominative singular and taking account of different alphabets).[34][35]

The Treaty of Lisbon, signed in 2009, contains the following declaration from Hungary, Latvia and Malta[36]:

58. Declaration by the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Malta on the spelling of the name of the single currency in the Treaties
Without prejudice to the unified spelling of the name of the single currency of the European Union referred to in the Treaties as displayed on the banknotes and on the coins, Latvia, Hungary and Malta declare that the spelling of the name of the single currency, including its derivatives as applied throughout the Latvian, Hungarian and Maltese text of the Treaties, has no effect on the existing rules of the Latvian, Hungarian or Maltese languages.


In Irish, the English words euro and cent are used, as foreign borrowings without change in spelling or pronunciation, and immune to the regular rules of Irish mutation after numbers. The masculine noun eoró (plural eorónna) has been coined from the word Eoraip ('Europe'), and ceint (plural ceinteanna) has been in the lexicon since at least 1959. The words eoró and ceint are attested in printed literature, though the foreign borrowings tend to be more frequent, again due to a lack of coordinated language planning.[18]


In Italian the word euro is used, as both singular and plural. Its correct pronunciation is [ˈɛuro], although northern Italians use [ˈeuro] instead. Sometimes the incorrect plural euri is used.

The issue of whether the correct plural form would be euri or euro remained open for a long time, predating the actual introduction of the currency and leaving a relative uncertainty among speakers. The Accademia della Crusca assigned to Severina Parodi, lexicographer, and to Luca Serianni, language historian, the task to give a response. They deliberated in favour of euri in 1999 with the motivation that "euro is a masculine noun". But the issue was then re-examined many times.

Finally, the consensus of the Accademia was in favour of invariability and appeared, with an articulate rationale, on issue 23 (October 2001) of La Crusca per voi (Gli euro e le lingue, (Italian)). The rationale was based on the fact that abbreviated words originating from a longer word (for example auto from automobile (car) or moto from motocicletta (motorbike)) do not have a plural form, as well as the fact that the word Euro is considered an abbreviation of the word Europa (Europe). In the 306th session of the Senate of the Italian Republic, December 18, 2002, an amendment to the financial act was proposed to adopt euri as the plural form for public official deeds but was quickly rejected (See Amendment 62.5, (Italian)).

The word cent is in practical use always replaced by the word centesimo ([tʃenˈtɛzimo]), which simply means "hundredth" (also see centime in French); its plural form is centesimi. Cent only appears on documents such as electricity and telephone bills; in any case it is rather perceived by native speakers as an abbreviation of "centesimo" (and in fact often followed by a period and pronounced [tʃent]) than as an autonomous proper name.


In Latvian there are still at least two concurrent usages. The majority say and write 'eiro' (which somewhat resembles the West European euro, but has also taken its sound from Eiropa, the Latvian word for Europe). [5]

Purists insist that standardised usage is eira – a word that is declinable according to the normal and convenient Latvian pattern. Eirai clearly means for the euro, eirās means in euros, and so forth. In contrast, eiro, like all Latvian words ending in an '-o', is unable to take on inflections therefore it results in ambiguous phrases like "samainīt eiro", which can be interpreted in a variety of ways: to exchange into euros, to exchange euros [for something else], to exchange one euro – and this limits the fluency of communication.

The official usage of eira has been affirmed by Terminology Commission of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, with the argument that a potentially frequently used term needs to fit especially well in the structure of grammar. However, some media outlets and banks have preserved a habit of using eiro. Latvian language routinely adapts foreign words by adding declinable endings (like Ņujorka for New York, freska for fresco), although internationalisms ending in '-o' (like foto, auto) are common as well. (See also the article on the euro in the Latvian Wikipedia, and the section above about Hungarian.)


In Leonese Language, recognized language in the former Kingdom of León (Spain), the word for "euro" is "euru", the plural being "euros".[citation needed]


In Lithuanian the euro and cent are called euras and centas (in common language usually eurocentas, to distinguish from the cents of the current Lithuanian currency, Litas), while plural forms are eurai and centai (eurocentai). The Lithuanian language routinely adapts foreign words by re-spelling them according to Lithuanian phonetic rules and adding standardised endings, resulting in words like kompiuteris or Tonis Bleiras.


In Maltese euro is spelt ewro (in every Maltese text that is not legal), as was announced in December 2005.[6] Ewro is spelt with w instead of u because it is derived from the Maltese word Ewropa (Europe), also written with w. Furthermore, the vowels e and u are not written next to each other in Maltese, except when they are pronounced as two syllables, which is not the case with Euro. [7] The plural is unchanged. The cent is known as the ċenteżmu, plural ċenteżmi, both abbreviated to ċ.

In Maltese 'ewro' always starts with a small letter e, except when it is found in the beginning of a sentence, and ewro is masculine singular.


In Mirandese (regional language spoken in the northeast Portugal region of Miranda do Douro) adopted the prefix ou already used in words like European (Ouropeu). The singular form is Ouro (/ˈow.ɾu/) and the plural form is Ouros (/ˈow.ɾuʃ/). Ouro is also the Mirandese word for 'gold' such as in Portuguese.[37]


In Polish euro is spelt euro in both singular and plural, and pronounced [ˈɛwrɔ]. This noun belongs to a small group of nouns of foreign origin in Polish that, as an exception, remain non-declinable in any of the seven cases (other examples being zoo, Waterloo and few others). It is however likely for the word euro to follow the pattern of other foreign words like kino, studio and radio and eventually become fully declinable in a similar manner as a result of a full linguistic absorption of the word into Polish.[38] Cent is declinable, being eurocent or simply cent ([ɛurotsɛnt]) in singular nominative and eurocenty / centy ([ɛuroˈtsɛntɨ]) in plural nominative or eurocentów / centów ([ɛuroˈtsɛntuf]) in plural accusative.


In Portuguese, euro passes as a Portuguese word and thus is used in the singular form, with euros as the common plural form. Cent, which does not conform to Portuguese word-forming rules, is commonly converted to cêntimo (singular) and cêntimos (plural).

The term cêntimo might have been adopted to distinguish it from the fractional value of the Portuguese escudo, which was called centavo.

Pronunciation for euro in Portuguese is still not standardized, either [ˈewɾɔ] or [ˈewɾu], with the former being more widespread in the south of the country, as the latter is in the north.

In Brazil, where the euro is frequently mentioned in the press, pronunciation is [ˈewɾu] and fractional values are called "eurocents"[citation needed] to differentiate them from US dollar "cents" and Brazilian Real "centavos".


In Romanian the euro and cent are called euro and cent (plural cenți). The official plural of euro is also euro, and this official form was readily adopted by speakers. The "eu" construct is not a diphthong, thus the pronunciation is [ˈ].

When speaking in a familiar–vernacular setting, most speakers would make the informal plural "euroi" (not seen as academic, and not used officially; its stylistic value–connotation is less than "bucks" for US dollars or "quid" for GBP in English and much lower than the almost everyday use of "piasse" (piastre, with the cent called "sou") for CAD in Canadian French). The USD also has a nick-name (the word "para"/"parai" of Turkish origin) with the same negative stylistic value. Not to be confused with general nick-names for money in general or unclear nick-names for foreign currencies (e.g."coco" - the specific currency is supposed to be inferred by the listener from previous info/conversation or from the country the speakers are in).

Scottish Gaelic

Due to the lack of a governing body and a standard orthography, there is no consistent usage regarding the terms for euro and cent in Scottish Gaelic. The various approaches include:

  • use of English spellings (including the English plural form and pronunciation), treating the nouns as indeclinable: an euro (genitive an euro; plural na euro(s), an cent (genitive an cent, plural na cent(s))
  • use of English spellings and pronunciation for euro but with Gaelic case marking (both masculine and feminine as the gender of the word has not been determined to date)
    • as a masculine noun: an t-euro (genitive an euro, plural na h-euro(s))
    • as a feminine noun: an euro (genitive na h-euro, plural na h-euro(s))
  • fully gaelicized forms (based on the Gaelic word Eòrpa "Europe") such as: an t-eòra (genitive an eòra, plural na h-eòrathan), an seant (genitive an t-seant, plural na seantaichean)[39]


In Slovak the euro and cent are called euro and cent, the plural forms for amounts between 2 and 4 are 2 eurá/centy, and the plural forms for larger amounts are 5 eur/centov. Euro is spelt with u because it is derived from the word Európa (Europe). The c in cent represents /ts/.


In Slovene the euro and cent are called evro and cent, the dual form is 2 evra/centa and the plural forms are 3 evri/centi and 5 evrov/centov. Evro is spelt with v instead of u because it is derived from the word Evropa (Europe), also written with v.

However, the v in the word evro does not represent [v], but as [w] (see Slovene phonology). The c in cent represents ts.

In laws and regulations, though, the word ‘evro’ is replaced with the word ‘euro’ in all grammatical cases in accordance with an agreement between Slovenia and the European Union. In regular usage ‘evro’ is the only used word, Slovenes do not use word ‘euro’. [8]


In the Spanish language, the official plural is the same as its regular plural euros. For the cent, the word céntimo (plural céntimos) can be used. The fraction of the peseta was also called céntimo, but no céntimo coins had been issued since 1980, and had since been demonetized. The word "euro" is pronounced [ˈeuɾo] in Spanish.


In Swedish writing, euro(s) as an amount of money is spelt euro (and cent is spelt cent) both in singular and plural, or written EUR, or less commonly €. The currency "the euro" is spelt "euron" following Swedish grammar rules.

In Sweden, officially and used in TV and radio news, it is pronounced [ˈɛvɾu], similarly to how eu is pronounced in modern Swedish in neuro- (but not Europa "Europe"). However, many people choose to pronounce it in a more English way [ˈjʊːro] (no "s" in plural). In Sweden there are no widespread slang terms since the euro is a foreign currency.

In Finland, the euro is the official currency, and Swedish is an official language alongside Finnish. The same spelling as in Sweden is used (officially Swedish in Finland is spelt as in Sweden). The pronunciation, however, is [ˈɛuɾo], which has some similarities to Finnish pronunciation. The abbreviation is like 3,14 €, same as for Finnish. A common slang term in Finland is "ege", taken from the Finnish language.


In the Welsh language, it is spelt ewro, which is masculine and invariable in the plural. For cent, sent is used with the plural sentiau.

Other languages


In the Arab world the Euro is usually referred to as يورو ([ˈjuːru]), which is an adaptation of the English pronunciation of the currency's name. Another naming is اورو ([ˈʔoːro] or [ˈʔuːro]), which is an approximation of the French pronunciation ([øˈʁo]). In most cases this term is used both for the singular and the plural form, although the term يوروات [juːruˈwaːt] is occasionally used for the plural form. The name for Europe in Arabic is أوروبّا [ʔuːˈrubːa].


In Croatian the euro and cent are called euro and cent (occasionally the word eurocent is used instead of cent to distinguish the euro denomination versus its foreign counterparts).

Plural forms are, like in many Slavic langugages, somewhat complex. The general plural form of euro is euri, but the accusative singular or identically written (but not identically pronounced) genitive plural eura is used with all numbers, thus 27 eura. The numbers ending in 1 (e.g. 21 or 101) take the nominative singular, the exception being numbers ending in 11 (e.g. 11 or 111). The examples are: 21 euro, 101 euro, 11 eura, and 111 eura respectively.

The general plural form of cent is centi and it is used with most numbers. The numbers ending in 1, except for those ending in 11, take the nominative singular cent, while those ending in 2, 3 and 4 except 12 to 14 take the genitive singular centa. The examples are: 1 cent, 4 centa, 7 centi, 10 centi, 11 centi, 12 centi, 22 centa, 27 centi, 31 cent, 101 cent, 102 centa, 111 centi.

Both euro and cent in Croatian are of masculine gender.

Pronunciation follows Rules of Croatian language. Euro is pronounced [ˈɛuro]. Cent is pronounced [ˈtsɛnt]


In Esperanto, the currency is called "eŭro" [40], similar to the Esperanto word for the continent "Eŭropo." A cent is cendo, as is commonly used for subunits of all centimalized currency (cents, centimes, etc). The o ending in euro conveniently accords with the standard -o noun ending in Esperanto, but rather than sound out e and u separately, Esperanto speakers elected to use the diphthong making the Esperanto name of the currency not identical with what is written on the currency. Plurals are formed in accordance with Esperanto rules, eŭroj and cendoj. The words are also declined as any Esperanto noun (eŭro/eŭroj in the nominative, eŭron/eŭrojn in the accusative). Esperanto speakers are unlikely to call a cent cento, since cento means a group of 100, rather than a hundredth. The alternative word would be centono, literally, "one-hundredth part".


When euro coins and banknotes were introduced, the question of the spelling and pronunciation of the currency's name in Hebrew arose. In Hebrew, the official name and pronunciation of the currency, as established by the Academy of the Hebrew Language is אֵירוֹ ([ˈeʁo]), derived from אֵירוֹפָּה ([eˈʁopa] = Europe) and was subsequently adopted by the Bank of Israel and by most of the newspapers in Hebrew.

The other spelling and pronunciation is יוּרוֹ [ˈjuʁo] derived from the English pronunciation of the currency's name. Both forms are used for the singular and plural alike. This one is used by some Hebrew newspapers, most notably by Haaretz, and is more widespread in speech.


In Icelandic the euro is called evra, a feminine noun derived from the Icelandic name of Europe, Evrópa; this makes Icelandic (with Faroese) one of only two European languages in which the word for the euro is feminine. The plural is formed regularly: evrur. The cents are often called sent which is a neuter word and has the same form in the nominative singular. However, a more common usage is to write, say, 20 cents as 0,20 evrur.


In Norwegian there could be a problem concerning the spelling, since euro is masculine and would normally take a plural -er ending in Bokmål and -ar in Nynorsk. But since words for foreign currencies (like dollar and yen) normally do not have the endings -er or -ar in Norwegian the Norwegian Language Council reached a decision in 1996 that the proper conjugation of the word euro should be

in Bokmål:

en euro – euroen – euro – euroene

in Nynorsk:

ein euro – euroen – euro – euroane

The declensions are respectively: The two first in Singular, and the two last in Plural, while the first of each category are indefinite, the last of each category are definite nouns. The word cent is an old loan word in Norwegian – and it is conjugated the same way:

in Bokmål:

en cent – centen – cent – centene

in Nynorsk:

ein cent – centen – cent – centane

The pronunciation of the two words in Norwegian are [ˈæʉɾu] and [ˈsɛnt].


In Romansh, the words are euro[41] and cent[42]; these are regular masculine nouns forming their plurals with -s, as euros and cents, respectively.


Russia is currently the largest holder of the euro currency outside the Eurozone[citation needed]. Russia currently borders one Eurozone member, Finland, which supplies much of the euro inflow in Russia in trade exchange and tourism, especially to Saint Petersburg. In Russian, just like in the Bulgarian language, euro is spelt евро both in the singular and the plural, while cent is цент (sg.) and центы (pl.), though there are many colloquial semi-ironic forms such as евры 'yevry' (there's no plural form for euro in Russian), копейки for cents and others. Just as in Italian, although евро could have been declined as a regular neuter noun, it was made indeclinable; the same form is used in the singular and the plural. Cents are sometimes transliterated as цент 'tsent' - singular, центы 'tsenty' - plural. Numerative form is цент for 1 cent (as well as amounts that end in 1 except for the ones ending in 11 — e.g. 51 цент but 11 центов), центa, the genitive singular, for 2 to 4 cents (as well as any other amounts ending in 2, 3 or 4, except for the ones ending in 12, 13, 14 — e.g. 54 центa but 12 центoв) and центoв, genitive plural, for the rest - 88 центoв. Sometimes eвроцент (also romanized as 'yevrotsent' or 'evrocent') is used to distinguish euro-cents from the American cents. (If евро had been treated as a regular neuter noun instead of being indeclinable, it would have the forms евра (regular plural or genitive singular) and евр or евор (genitive plural).)


In Serbian the euro and cent are called Serbian Cyrillic: евро [ˈɛvro] and Serbian Latin evro (pl. евра/evra) and цент/cent (pl. центи/centi). Evro is spelt with v instead of u because it is derived from the word Европа/Evropa (Europe), also written with v.

The c in cent represents /ts/ in accordance with pronunciations in the Serbian language.

In Serbia the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet is official script by the Constitution, the Serbian Latin alphabet is also in use.


Turkey and Northern Cyprus continue to use New Turkish Lira as their official currency, but the euro is popularly used, particularly by individuals wanting to convert their savings into a more stable currency. The euro has colloquially been pronounced in the English fashion since its inception.

In response to criticism of widespread English pronunciation of euro, the Turkish Language Association officially introduced avro into Turkish ("av" being the first syllable of the Turkish word for Europe, Avrupa) in 1998. A concerted campaign by the Turkish Language Association has begun to blossom in recent years, with most sections of the Turkish media now using the new word. It has yet to enter widespread colloquial use, however. The word avro could cause problems in the event that Turkey becomes an EU member, and joins euro as the European Commission has refused to allow local variants, unless they are in a different script.


The euro is becoming relatively widespread in Ukraine although the country didn't border the Eurozone until January 1, 2009. In standard literary Ukrainian 'euro' is spelt євро (pronounced 'yevro'). The same form is used in singular and plural cases. Cents are translated as цент ('tsent') - singular, центи ('tsenty') - plural. In the Ukrainian language there is some variation in cases. Numerative form is цент for 1 cent (as well as amounts that end in 1 except for the ones ending in 11 - e.g. 51 цент but 11 центів), центи for 2 to 4 cents (as well as any other amounts ending in 2, 3 or 4, except for the ones ending in 12, 13, 14 - e.g. 54 центи but 12 центів) and центів for the rest - 88 центів. Sometimes євроцент ('yevrocent') is used to distinguish eurocents from American cents.


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