Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.
  • n. Piece of eight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of piastre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin of Spain and various other countries. See peso. The Spanish piaster (commonly called peso, or peso duro) is of about the value of the American dollar. The Italian piaster, or scudo, was worth from 80 to 100 cents. The Turkish and Egyptian piasters are now worth about four and a half cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The unit of Turkish currency, represented by a silver coin worth about 4.4 United States cents (the Turkish name for it is ghū rū sh).
  • n. The Spanish dollar. See dollar, 1, and peso.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 100 kurus equal 1 lira in Turkey
  • n. a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syria

Etymologies

French piastre, from Italian piastra, thin metal plate, from Latin emplastrum, medical dressing; see plaster.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A piaster was a lowdenomination Egyptian coin vaguely equivalent in value to an American penny.

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  • A piaster is a silver coin of various countries, here representing about a dollar.

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  • French group, but in South America twenty-five years ago a piaster was a piaster.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Each dead SOG member has a $10,000 piaster price on his head.

    Barry Toll

  • He promoted Ismail as “a thrifty saving landlord who looked after every piaster.”

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Obsessed with discovering the tomb, Komotsos would save every piaster he earned and, when not waiting tables, go off and dig holes everywhere he could in the city.

    The Elusive Tomb of Alexander

  • Esne every one receives one piaster from the mosque, at parting.

    Travels in Nubia

  • The old lady pointed out the machine-gunner on top of the personnel carrier as the thief, and when the lieutenant ordered the man to empty his pockets, piaster notes tumbled out.

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  • "A piaster for your thoughts," he said, bringing her back from her reverie.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • It was entirely surrounded by a low piaster wall with yew hedges on the inner side of the wall.

    A Rude Awakening

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