piastre

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noun pi·as·tre \pē-ˈas-tər, -ˈäs-\
variants: or less commonly

piaster

Definition of piastre

  1. 1 :  piece of eight

  2. 2 a monetary subunit of the pound (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria) — see pound at money table

Origin and Etymology of piastre

French piastre, from Italian piastra thin metal plate, coin, from Latin emplastra, emplastrum plaster


First Known Use: 1592


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