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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

pe•so

(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
References in classic literature ?
I told him he had been so generous to me in everything that I could not offer to make any price of the boat, but left it entirely to him: upon which he told me he would give me a note of hand to pay me eighty pieces of eight for it at Brazil; and when it came there, if any one offered to give more, he would make it up.
The generous treatment the captain gave me I can never enough remember: he would take nothing of me for my passage, gave me twenty ducats for the leopard's skin, and forty for the lion's skin, which I had in my boat, and caused everything I had in the ship to be punctually delivered to me; and what I was willing to sell he bought of me, such as the case of bottles, two of my guns, and a piece of the lump of beeswax - for I had made candles of the rest: in a word, I made about two hundred and twenty pieces of eight of all my cargo; and with this stock I went on shore in the Brazils.
It was a long, difficult business, for the coins were of all countries and sizes--doubloons, and louis d'ors, and guineas, and pieces of eight, and I know not what besides, all shaken together at random.
When he had done so, he told me that as I came to demand it before the crop was off, I had a right to produce of the current year, and so he paid me #100 in Spanish pieces of eight, and desired me to give him a receipt for it as in full for that year, ending at Christmas following; this being about the latter end of August.
Here, a little in advance, ever and again with his head to the ground listening, his great arms bare, pieces of eight in his ears as ornaments, is the handsome Italian Cecco, who cut his name in letters of blood on the back of the governor of the prison at Gao.
However, as their captain begged of us to help him to set up a main-topmast, and a kind of a topmast to his jury fore-mast, we did, as it were, lie by him for three or four days; and then, having given him five barrels of beef, a barrel of pork, two hogsheads of biscuit, and a proportion of peas, flour, and what other things we could spare; and taking three casks of sugar, some rum, and some pieces of eight from them for satisfaction, we left them, taking on board with us, at their own earnest request, the youth and the maid, and all their goods.
No pieces of eight are needed; all the bounty you make is yours to take with you for free.
It's like going back to the days of doubloons and pieces of eight when the person you were paying might bite one between their teeth to test it was real and not a forgery.
Musical group Pieces of Eight will also perform on Saturday, at 2pm.
Captain Juan Manuel Bonilla felt relieved that his treasure was safe, but his relief would soon turn to despair when Owen Lloyd and his one legged brother, John, commandeered two sloops that had been loaded with pieces of eight and sailed for the Caribbean.
PIECES OF EIGHT Danny Welbeck starts the rout at Old Trafford last year
BEDE'S World in Jarrow is hosting some swashbuckling fun on Bank Holiday Monday and Culture Club members have the chance to win a family ticket for a special Pieces of Eight event.