piastre

Definitions

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. piastra.

Usage

In literature:

I bet you've got a snug little pile of piastres stowed away somewhere.
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
I could not get a piastre for my trouble and expense.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The Roman court of justice has set a price of 10,000 piastres on his head.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The piastre (sometimes termed "disaster") was worth about 2-1/2d.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
The furs which had been collected upon the American coasts were sold at Macao for ten thousand piastres.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
According to an exact account, it has given 1,069,099 piastres (5,612,769 livres).
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
A Spanish silver coin: one-fifth of a piastre.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She had not allowed Mr. M'Gabbery so much as to lay out on her behalf a single piastre for oranges on the road.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
If I had both my arms, I could earn a quarter of a piastre a day, and also help my mother.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
There Clapperton bought for three piastres, an English cotton umbrella from Ghadames.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
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