- a former coin of Turkey, the 100th part of a lira: replaced by the kurus in 1933.
- a monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria, the 100th part of a pound.
- a former monetary unit of South Vietnam: replaced by the dong in 1976.
- the former peso or dollar of Spain and Spanish America.
Origin of piaster
Examples from the Web for piaster
Historical Examples of piaster
All my trouble, all the hard work, and not a piaster, not a piaster!The Carpet from Bagdad
They could be bought in the markets for a piaster, or less than five cents.Under Four Administrations
Oscar S. Straus
They brought to the King the piaster which gave Erec great relief.Four Arthurian Romances
But if you go to buy anything you get so confused as to the different worth of a piaster that your head turns.Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife
This done, he asks for a piaster; and some one tells him that he shall have it if he will put out his hand and take it.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
also piastre, 1620s, "Spanish dollar, piece of eight," also used as the name of a monetary unit and coin of Turkey (1610s, in Turkish called ghurush, but originally debased Spanish dollars), from French piastre, from Italian piastra "thin metal plate," short for impiastro "plaster," from Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron (see plaster). The Italian word was applied to the Spanish silver peso, later to the Turkish coin based on it. Cf. shinplaster.