Liard is a noun that refers to a monetary unit in North Africa, especially in Algeria and Morocco. In both countries, the term Liard denotes a small denomination of currency, equivalent to one-tenth of a unit. In Algeria, it is a subdivision of the Algerian Dinar, while in Morocco, it is a subdivision of the Moroccan Dirham.
Historically, the word Liard originates from the French term "liard" which is a former subdivision of the French franc. The usage of Liard as a monetary unit is a remnant of the colonial era when both Algeria and Morocco were under French control. The term Liard is derived from the Latin word "libra," referring to a unit of weight.
In contemporary use, the Liard is particularly employed in everyday transactions, where it is necessary to split a currency unit into smaller amounts. This denomination is commonly used in markets, street vendors, and other casual transactions. Due to its small value and limited usage, the term Liard may not be widely recognized outside of the North African region, and it may be unfamiliar to those from other parts of the world.
The word "liard" has its roots in Old French. It is derived from the Old French word "liart", which means "gray" or "ashen". This Old French term itself traces back to the Latin word "luridus", meaning "pale" or "pallid". Over time, the meaning of "liard" evolved and came to refer to a type of French coin or a type of brownish-gray color.