piece of eight

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piece of eight

n. pl. pieces of eight
An old Spanish silver coin.

[From its original value of eight reals.]

piece of eight

n, pl pieces of eight
(Currencies) a former Spanish coin worth eight reals; peso


(ˈpeɪ soʊ)

n., pl. -sos.
1. the basic monetary unit of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mexico, the Philippines, and Uruguay.
2. a former monetary unit of Peru, equal to 100 centavos.
3. a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to eight reals.
[1550–60; < Sp: literally, weight < Latin pēnsum something weighed]
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Noun1.piece of eight - an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
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