piaster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piaster 100 kurus equal 1 lira in Turkey
    • n piaster a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piaster 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piaster 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 piaster The Spanish dollar. See dollar, 1, and peso.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piaster a silver coin of varying value, used in Turkey and other countries: the Spanish dollar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. piastre, It. piastra, a thin plate of metal, a dollar, LL. piastra, fr. L. emplastrum,. See Plaster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. piastra.

Usage

In literature:

They brought to the King the piaster which gave Erec great relief.
"Four Arthurian Romances" by Chretien DeTroyes
How could one man be worth four hundred million piasters?
"The Slim Princess" by George Ade
I loaned you eighty-seven piasters on it!
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
You're here to administer financial justice, the middle, the high, and the low; your soul is with piasters, not the past.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
She has paid many piasters for the coming here.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Here is a piaster for you for having thought of it.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
I gave her a double piaster, and asked for its value in blue glass armlets.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
Now, for the blessing, give me ten piasters!
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
I think that ten thousand piasters should satisfy your lordship.
"The Pearl of Lima" by Jules Verne
Are they not hazarded, sold by your Church for five hundred piasters?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
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