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piece of eight

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noun
  1. peso(def 4).

Origin of piece of eight

First recorded in 1600–10
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Historical Examples

  • The Spanish piece-of-eight (reals) was also commonly referred to as a dollar.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6

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British Dictionary definitions for piece of eight

piece of eight

noun plural pieces of eight
  1. a former Spanish coin worth eight reals; peso
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