a former gold coin of Spain, equal to two escudos.
any of various former gold coins of Europe, as the louis d'or.

Origin of pistole

1585–95; < Middle French, back formation from pistolet the coin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pistole

Contemporary Examples of pistole

  • The Drudge Report posted a link, the tape went viral and Pistole found himself being questioned about the case on CNN.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Media's Pat-Down Frenzy

    Howard Kurtz

    November 22, 2010

Historical Examples of pistole

British Dictionary definitions for pistole



any of various gold coins of varying value, formerly used in Europe

Word Origin for pistole

C16: from Old French, shortened from pistolet, literally: little pistol
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pistole

former Spanish coin (not called that in Spanish), 1590s, from French pistole, from Italian piastola, diminutive of piastra "plate or leaf of metal" (see piaster). Cf. earlier pistolet (1550s) "foreign coin," which OED says is from French pistolet "short firearm" (see pistol) and so called for being smaller and thinner than other coins.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper