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also 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.]
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piaster - a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syriapiaster - 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
Egyptian pound, pound - the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
Lebanese pound, pound - the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
Sudanese pound, pound - the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
Syrian pound, pound - the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
2.piaster - 100 kurus equal 1 lira in Turkey
Turkish monetary unit - monetary unit in Turkey
Turkish lira, lira - the basic unit of money in Turkey
asper - 20 aspers equal 1 kurus in Turkey
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The Central Bank of Egypt revised the pricing of using its repatriation mechanism for portfolio investors, increasing the entrance fee for fresh foreign currency portfolio investments to 1% (instead of a previous 1 piaster), while keeping the exit fee constant at 0.5%.
Keynote public lectures during the conference will be given by Lauren Piaster (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Yang Huilin (Renmin University of China), looking at James Legge from Western and Chinese perspectives respectively.
Construction took nearly two years and consumed some 2.8 million bricks, 500 cords of limestone and granite, 56,000 square meters of piaster, and 3,700 cubic meters of concrete.
Hollister has begun a 7,414 s/f interior/exterior renovation and replacement of an existing dome, asbestos remediation and piaster ceiling refurbishment.
Supply of wrapping paper for the 25 piaster coins, the 50 piaster coins & the one pound coin.
Next, the remainder of the masonry parts have been stripped and reformatted internally with a rationalised structural pattern of beams and columns, finished throughout in off-white piaster, with Striegauer granite floors at ground level in the public spaces, and existing tiles retained wherever possible.
This service is offered at the competitive fee of 10 piaster's.
The committee increased the prices of both Octane 90 and 95, Diesel and Kerosene by 1 Piaster per litre, while the price of gas cylinders remained unchanged.
Through its "Muhafathati" line, which was launched last month within the governorates of Kerak, Ma'an, Tafileh, and Mafraq, Umniah is now granting users the opportunity to talk with fellow Umniah subscribers anywhere in the kingdom at the reduced cost of 0.5 piaster per minute.
The prices of both diesel and kerosene also went up one piaster to JD0.365 instead of JD0.355 per litre.