[puh-sey-tuh; Spanish pe-se-tah]
- a bronze coin and monetary unit of Spain and Andorra until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 centimos. Abbreviation: P., Pta.
- a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to two reals; pistareen.
- a former monetary unit of Equatorial Guinea: replaced by the ekuele in 1973.
Origin of peseta
1805–15; < Spanish, diminutive of pesa a weight. See peso
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Examples from the Web for peseta
He had to have his peseta for the night's session at coffee and dominoes.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
The real is a quarter of a peseta, but the escudo of ten reales has been suppressed.Four Young Explorers
We had been told to pay the man a peseta; but he expostulated at the wage, demanding three.Poor Folk in Spain
The piece is no longer struck, but its value is one-fourth of a peseta.Northern Spain
Edgar T. A. Wigram
I left my waistcoat upon the bed, and in the pocket there was a peseta and a half.Saragossa
Benito Prez Galds
- the former standard monetary unit of Spain and Andorra, divided into 100 céntimos; replaced by the euro in 2002
C19: from Spanish, diminutive of peso