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  1. peseta(def 2).
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  1. of little value or worth.
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Origin of pistareen

1735–45, Americanism; perhaps alteration of Spanish peseta peseta
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Examples from the Web for pistareen

Historical Examples

  • A white sea bear appeared in the port of Pollard's Tavern and could be seen for half a pistareen.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

    Alice Morse Earle

  • You know, or you ought to know, the difference between a pistareen and a smooth-faced shilling.

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

British Dictionary definitions for pistareen


  1. a Spanish coin, used in the US and the West Indies until the 18th century
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps changed from peseta
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