peso

[ pey-soh; Spanish pe-saw ]
/ ˈpeɪ soʊ; Spanish ˈpɛ sɔ /

noun, plural pe·sos [pey-sohz; Spanish pe-saws] /ˈpeɪ soʊz; Spanish ˈpɛ sɔs/.

a coin and monetary unit of Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mexico, and the Philippines, equal to 100 centavos.
a coin and monetary unit of Uruguay, equal to 100 centesimos.
a former monetary unit of Argentina, equal to 100 centavos: replaced by the austral in 1985.
a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to eight reals; dollar; piece of eight; piaster.

Origin of peso

< Spanish: literally, weight < Latin pēnsum something weighed, noun use of neuter of pēnsus, past participle of pendere to weigh
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British Dictionary definitions for peso

peso
/ (ˈpeɪsəʊ, Spanish ˈpeso) /

noun plural -sos (-səʊz, Spanish -sos)

the standard monetary unit, comprising 100 centavos, of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Philippines; formerly also of Guinea-Bissau, where it was replaced by the CFA franc
the standard monetary unit of Uruguay, divided into 100 centesimos
another name for piece of eight

Word Origin for peso

C16: from Spanish: weight, from Latin pēnsum something weighed out, from pendere to weigh
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