- a coin and monetary unit of Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mexico, and the Philippines, equal to 100 centavos.
- a coin and monetary unit of Uruguay, equal to 100 centesimos.
- a former monetary unit of Argentina, equal to 100 centavos: replaced by the austral in 1985.
- a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to eight reals; dollar; piece of eight; piaster.
Origin of peso
Examples from the Web for peso
Nation has interesting monetary system based on peso with peso being worth 100 centavos and centavo being worth nothing.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
I could have won every peso if I had put up only a little handful of the nuggets.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
There was not a peso at the disposal of the Provincial Governor for local improvements.The Philippine Islands
This after some haggling, he agreed to do, all for one peso (Mexican silver dollar).On the Mexican Highlands
William Seymour Edwards
With this Wilkinson had to be content, for the Viceroy refused to pay him a peso.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
He was sorry for it afterwards and gave her a peso to ease her.
- the standard monetary unit, comprising 100 centavos, of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Philippines; formerly also of Guinea-Bissau, where it was replaced by the CFA franc
- the standard monetary unit of Uruguay, divided into 100 centesimos
- another name for piece of eight
Word Origin and History for peso
"Spanish coin," 1550s, from Spanish peso, literally "a weight," from Latin pensum, properly past participle of pendere "to hang, to cause to hang" (see pendant).