pai·​sa pī-ˈsä How to pronounce paisa (audio)
plural paisa a monetary subunit of the rupee (Nepal, Pakistan) and taka see rupee, taka at Money Table
plural paise pī-ˈsā How to pronounce paisa (audio) a monetary subunit of the rupee (India) see rupee at Money Table

Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paisa was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Paisa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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