/ (pɪˈæstə) /
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(formerly) the standard monetary unit of South Vietnam, divided into 100 cents
a fractional monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria worth one hundredth of a pound; formerly also used in the Sudan
another name for kuruş
a rare word for piece of eight
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Word Origin for piastre
C17: from French piastre, from Italian piastra d'argento silver plate; related to Italian piastro plaster
Words nearby piastre
piano wire, Piarist, pias., piassava, piaster, piastre, Piat, Piatigorsky, Piatra Neamt, Piauí, Piave
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How to use piastre in a sentence
Give him that five piastre piece that looks like a large shilling and listen to his quaint expressive English.Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
Then the Englishman stood up, gave me a piastre, and offered his arm to Carmen, as if she couldn't have walked alone.Carmen|Prosper Merimee
Every adult male native is obliged to pay annually one Spanish piastre, or to give five days' labour for their repair.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
The rum of commerce (from 22 to 23 degrees) is sold at one Spanish piastre the gallon.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
For every olive-tree the owner must pay a piastre, or a piastre and a half; and the same sum for an orange or lemon tree.A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy|Ida Pfeiffer