- piatigorsky, gregor
Origin of piaster
Examples from the Web for piaster
Then the two knights had to be removed to a sick-room and infirmary, for they needed a doctor and piaster to cure their wounds.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
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
After thirty-three years of residence, I am still trying to get some idea of what a piaster is.
All my trouble, all the hard work, and not a piaster, not a piaster!The Carpet from Bagdad|Harold MacGrath
We got down from our horse, went around carelessly, and slipped a cherek (a five piaster piece) into his fingers.
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.