paisa

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noun pai·sa \pī-ˈsä\

Definition of paisa

  1. 1 plural paisa a monetary subunit of the rupee (Nepal, Pakistan) and taka — see rupee, taka at money table

  2. 2 plural paiseplay \-ˈsā\ a monetary subunit of the rupee (India) — see rupee at money table

Origin and Etymology of paisa

ultimately from Hindi & Urdu paisā, a quarter-anna coin, from Old Indo-Aryan *padāmśa quarter part; akin to Sanskrit pada footstep and aṁśa part


First Known Use: 1884


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