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[ pis-tuh-reen ]
/ ˌpɪs təˈrin /


peseta(def 2).


of little value or worth.

Nearby words

pissoir, pisspot, pissy, pistachio, pistachio green, pistareen, piste, pistil, pistillate, pistle, pistoia

Origin of pistareen

1735–45, Americanism; perhaps alteration of Spanish peseta peseta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pistareen

  • It was sold at market for one shilling; and I have known a cargo purchased at a pistareen.

    Novanglus, and Massachusettensis|John Adams
  • You know, or you ought to know, the difference between a pistareen and a smooth-faced shilling.

British Dictionary definitions for pistareen


/ (ˌpɪstəˈriːn) /


a Spanish coin, used in the US and the West Indies until the 18th century

Word Origin for pistareen

C18: perhaps changed from peseta
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