piaster

or pi·as·tre

[ pee-as-ter, -ah-ster ]
/ piˈæs tər, -ˈɑ stər /

noun

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.

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Origin of piaster

1605–15; < French piastre < Italian piastra thin sheet of metal, silver coin (short for piastra d'argento, literally, plate of silver), akin to piastro plaster
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British Dictionary definitions for piastre

piastre

piaster

/ (pɪˈæstə) /

noun

(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

Word Origin for piastre

C17: from French piastre, from Italian piastra d'argento silver plate; related to Italian piastro plaster
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