[puh-sey-tuh; Spanish pe-se-tah]

noun, plural pe·se·tas [puh-sey-tuh z; Spanish pe-se-tahs] /pəˈseɪ təz; Spanish pɛˈsɛ tɑs/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peseta

Historical Examples of 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.

  • We had been told to pay the man a peseta; but he expostulated at the wage, demanding three.

  • 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.


    Benito Prez Galds

British Dictionary definitions for peseta



the former standard monetary unit of Spain and Andorra, divided into 100 céntimos; replaced by the euro in 2002

Word Origin for peseta

C19: from Spanish, diminutive of peso
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