paisa

noun
pai·​sa | \ pī-ˈsä How to pronounce paisa (audio) \

Definition of paisa

1 plural paisa a monetary subunit of the rupee (Nepal, Pakistan) and taka — see rupee, taka at Money Table
2 plural paise\ pī-​ˈsā How to pronounce paisa (audio) \ a monetary subunit of the rupee (India) — see rupee at Money Table

First Known Use of paisa

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Paisa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paisa. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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