piastre

noun
pi·​as·​tre | \ pē-ˈa-stər How to pronounce piastre (audio) , -ˈä- How to pronounce piastre (audio) \
variants: or less commonly piaster

Definition of piastre

2 a monetary subunit of the pound (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria) — see pound at Money Table

First Known Use of piastre

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for piastre

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

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“Piastre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piastre. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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