from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gold coin equal to two escudos, formerly used in Spain.
- n. Any of several gold coins used in various European countries until the late 19th century.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of obsolete Spanish coin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The name of certain gold coins of various values formerly coined in some countries of Europe. In Spain it was equivalent to a quarter doubloon, or about $3.90, and in Germany and Italy nearly the same. There was an old Italian pistole worth about $5.40.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gold coin of Spain, worth at the beginning of the nineteenth century nearly $4 United States money.
French, back-formation from pistolet, diminutive of pistole, pistol; see pistol.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)