Also found in: Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
pi·as·teralso pi·as·tre (pē-ăs′tər, -ä′stər)
1. A unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the primary unit of currency in Egypt and various other countries of the Middle East.
2. Piece of eight.
[French piastre, from Italian piastra, thin metal plate, from Latin emplastrum, medical dressing; see plaster.]
or pi•as•tre(piˈæs tər, -ˈɑ stər)
1. a monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria, equal to 1/100 of a pound.
2. the former peso or dollar of Spain and Spanish America.
[1605–15; < French piastre < Italian piastra thin sheet of metal, silver coin (short for piastra d'argento, literally, plate of silver), akin to piastro plaster]
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||piaster - a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syria|
fractional monetary unit, subunit - a monetary unit that is valued at a fraction (usually one hundredth) of the basic monetary unit
|2.||piaster - 100 kurus equal 1 lira in Turkey|
Turkish monetary unit - monetary unit in Turkey
asper - 20 aspers equal 1 kurus in Turkey