- a former gold coin of Spain, equal to two escudos.
- any of various former gold coins of Europe, as the louis d'or.
Origin of pistole
Examples from the Web for pistole
The Drudge Report posted a link, the tape went viral and Pistole found himself being questioned about the case on CNN.The Media's Pat-Down Frenzy
November 22, 2010
That every house should pay one pistole, which would monthly amount to 18,000 pistoles.Fox's Book of Martyrs
The moidore and the johannes were Portuguese coins, the pistole Spanish.
This name was applied both to a small pistol and a Spanish pistole.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
"And here is a pistole to spend as you will," says Mr. Carvel, tossing him the piece.Richard Carvel, Complete
(he being now in the Cheriton), for which he gave me a French pistole.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
- any of various gold coins of varying value, formerly used in Europe
Word Origin and History for pistole
former Spanish coin (not called that in Spanish), 1590s, from French pistole, from Italian piastola, diminutive of piastra "plate or leaf of metal" (see piaster). Cf. earlier pistolet (1550s) "foreign coin," which OED says is from French pistolet "short firearm" (see pistol) and so called for being smaller and thinner than other coins.