Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Spanish or Spanish-American coin and unit of currency, originally worth eight real.
  • n. A form of currency originally used in the Ottoman Empire, and now used in the Middle Eastern countries of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan and Syria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See piaster.

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

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

Etymologies

From Italian piastra ("plate of wood or metal; coin"), probably from Latin emplastra. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the piastre is a name for coins of very different kinds; there are, for instance, the Government, the bazaar, the current, and the copper piastre, all and each of them representing completely different values.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • It is the smallest Egyptian coin, made of very base metal and, there being forty to the piastre, it is worth nearly a quarter of a farthing.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Greek “Asper,” some silver; and representing, when at par, the fortieth of a piastre, the latter = 2d. 2/5ths.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is perfectly quiet; I have green trees to look upon, and spend the sum of one piastre a day.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • Not only are these bulls sold, but people are ordered to buy them; and, as is but right, they cost more in Peru and Mexico than in Spain; they are there sold for a piastre.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Scraping the last piastre from the peasants, the tax collectors extracted a “great diversity of currency,” much of it in antique or small coinage, still strung together as jewelry.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • His defense, that the street was nothing but an open sewer anyway, failed to sway the arresting policeman who marched him across town at gunpoint to pay a fine of one piastre four francs.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • Did I not before say that enemies and deceivers had maligned me before the august presence, pretending that not a piastre was left in my village, and that my extortion had entirely denuded the peasantry?

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • The gentlemen, meanwhile, were having arguments about the eternal backsheesh with the roaring Arab boatmen; and I recall with wonder and delight especially, the curses and screams of one small and extremely loud-lunged fellow, who expressed discontent at receiving a five, instead of a six-piastre piece.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • He had already used very positive language in his endeavour to assure his tormentors that they would not get a piastre from him.

    Tales of all countries

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