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piastre

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EtymologyEdit

From Italian piastra (plate of wood or metal; coin), probably from Latin emplastra.

NounEdit

piastre (plural piastres)

  1. (now historical) A Spanish or Spanish-American coin and unit of currency, originally worth eight real.
    • 1630, John Smith, True Travels, in Kupperman 1988, p. 39:
      The Silkes, Velvets, Cloth of gold, and Tissue, Pyasters, Chicqueenes and Sultanies, which is gold and silver, they unloaded in foure and twentie houres, was wonderfull [...].
  2. A form of currency originally used in the Ottoman Empire, and now used in the Middle Eastern countries of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan and Syria.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Italian piastra.

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piastre f (plural piastres)

  1. (historical) piastre (one of several historical units of currency)
  2. (Quebec, colloquial) buck, dollar
    • 2009, Robert Maltais, Le Curé du Mile End, page 195:
      Non, non, c'est juste une joke. Garde-lé, ton vingt piastres.
      No, no, I was just joking. Keep it, your twenty bucks.

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piastre f

  1. plural form of piastra

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