- a former coin of Turkey, the 100th part of a lira: replaced by the kurus in 1933.
- a monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria, the 100th part of a pound.
- a former monetary unit of South Vietnam: replaced by the dong in 1976.
- the former peso or dollar of Spain and Spanish America.
Origin of piaster
Examples from the Web for piastre
“A piastre, and a drink of the fire water,” replied the vizier.The Pacha of Many Tales
Indeed, we have never expected a piastre—no, not even a tlaco.Remember the Alamo
Amelia E. Barr
"Thanks, your excellency," the peon said, joyfully pocketing his piastre.The Red Track
These values are given only from 1900, when the value of the piastre was fixed.The Argentine in the Twentieth Century
Albert B. Martinez
My penalty was my penalty, and I paid it to the full, piastre by piastre of my body and my mind.The Weavers, Complete
Word Origin and History for piastre
also piastre, 1620s, "Spanish dollar, piece of eight," also used as the name of a monetary unit and coin of Turkey (1610s, in Turkish called ghurush, but originally debased Spanish dollars), from French piastre, from Italian piastra "thin metal plate," short for impiastro "plaster," from Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron (see plaster). The Italian word was applied to the Spanish silver peso, later to the Turkish coin based on it. Cf. shinplaster.