peso

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noun pe·so \ˈpā-(ˌ)sō, ˈpe-\

Definition of peso

plural

pesos

  1. 1 :  an old silver coin of Spain and Spanish America equal to eight reales

  2. 2 the basic monetary unit of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Phlippines, and Uruguay — see money table

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Origin and Etymology of peso

Spanish, literally, weight, from Latin pensum — more at poise


First Known Use: 1555


PESO Defined for English Language Learners

peso

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Definition of peso for English Language Learners

  • : the basic unit of money of several Latin-American countries and the Philippines; also : a coin or bill representing one peso


PESO Defined for Kids

peso

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noun pe·so \ˈpā-sō\

Definition of peso for Students

plural

pesos

  1. 1 :  a bill or coin used in one of several Spanish-speaking countries of North and South America

  2. 2 :  a bill or coin used in the Philippines


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