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The basic unit of currency in Macau.

[Portuguese, from Arabic 'abū ṭāqa : 'abū, father of, possessing, bound form of 'ab, father; see ʔb in Semitic roots + ṭāqa, window (from ṭāqa, to be able, sustain; see ṭwq in Semitic roots).]


(Currencies) currency the main monetary unit of Macao and formerly of Timor
Usage: The abbreviation for pataca is P


(pəˈtɑ kə)

n., pl. -cas.
the basic monetary unit of Macao.
[1575–85; < Portuguese « Arabic abūṭāqah a kind of coin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pataca - the basic unit of money in Macao
Macao monetary unit - monetary unit in Macao
avo - 100 avos equal 1 pataca in Macao
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According to local news site Macao Daily News, the Filipino man was charged with one count of theft for stealing 22,000 patacas (P138, 298) in cash and valuables from a drunk man last June 24.
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The auditor's report released last September found the Commission for Motor Vehicles Evaluation, operated under the jurisdiction of Lau's bureau, has been ''meeting excessively and unreasonably'' and that remunerations paid to commission members were inflated by 80 percent to 4 million patacas ($513,000).
Steve Wynn, the billionaire who built Las Vegas's Bellagio and Mirage casinos, said he and partners will invest at least 4 billion patacas (US$500 million) in Macau.
The strong month for AERL comes in the midst of a record month for gaming in Macau with overall gaming revenue reaching 14 billion patacas (US$1.
According to Asia Times, which cited Journal Do Cidadao, the 36-year-old domestic helper claimed before the police that three men had robbed her of 10,500 patacas (P65,487) on Friday.
The airline's CEO Reg Macdonald declines to say how much the loan is for but local news reports, quoting Macau's secretary for economy and finance, Francis Tam, says the loan is for 200 million Macau patacas ($25 million).