Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gold coin equal to two escudos, formerly used in Spain.
  • noun Any of several gold coins used in various European countries until the late 1800s.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gold coin of Spain, worth at the beginning of the nineteenth century nearly $4 United States money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of obsolete Spanish coin.

Etymologies

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

[French, back-formation from pistolet, diminutive of pistole, pistol; see pistol.]

Examples

  • The rest I call by caliber; my .270, my "Whelen", and the "00-6", and the Black Shadow-. 44 Mag ... the 9mm pistole is "Petro" (Beretta 92FS) and the GP 100 is the "Ruger magnum".

    Do you name your guns?

  • The rest I call by caliber; my .270, my "Whelen", and the "00-6", and the Black Shadow-. 44 Mag ... the 9mm pistole is "Petro" (Beretta 92FS) and the GP 100 is the "Ruger magnum".

    Do you name your guns?

  • [6] A pistole was a Spanish gold coin in use in Carter's time.

    Letter from Robert Carter to Benjamin Grayson, July 27, 1731

  • [25] A pistole was a Spanish gold coin in use in Carter's time.

    Robert Carter Diary, 1726

  • ( "Carter Papers: An Inventory ....") [5] A pistole was a Spanish gold coin.

    Robert Carter Diary, 1725

  • [2] A pistole was a Spanish gold coin in use in Carter's time.

    Robert Carter Diary, 1722

  • Book XV, 53.) [5] A pistole was a Spanish gold coin in use in Carter's time.

    Letter from Robert Carter to Mann Page, June 20, 1729

  • The pistole is a Spanish gold coin worth about four dollars; formerly the French pistole was worth in France ten _livres_ -- about ten francs -- they were struck in Franche-Comté.] we should have no need now to think of and try to find out what means we must employ in compassing our wishes; we might, by purchasing this slave quickly, prevent your rival from forestalling and thwarting you.

    The Blunderer

  • They were still enraged over the pistole dispute and irked that the lieutenant governor had already launched a campaign.

    George Washington’s First War

  • The assembly had been in session from November 1 to December 19, most of the time wrangling over the pistole fee.

    George Washington’s First War

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A type of ancient (Spanish, I think) coin of small denomination. Usage note on mohur.

    March 16, 2008

  • Citation on doubloon.

    July 29, 2008