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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.]


(pɪˈæstə) or


1. (Currencies) (formerly) the standard monetary unit of South Vietnam, divided into 100 cents
2. (Currencies) a fractional monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria worth one hundredth of a pound
3. (Currencies) another name for kuruş
4. (Currencies) a rare word for piece of eight
[C17: from French piastre, from Italian piastra d'argento silver plate; related to Italian piastro plaster]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piastre - a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syriapiastre - 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.piastre - 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


piaster (US) [pɪˈæstəʳ] Npiastra f
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Several government agencies will share in the purchasing tariff of electricity from waste-to-energy plants for two years, bearing 37 piasters to be added to the original tariff of EGP 1.03 to reach EGP 1.40 per kW/h, government sources told Daily News Egypt.
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"When you are calling with one pound, out of that one pound, you have got 10 piasters that goes to the Ministry of Finance.
They also want the trading range within which they can buy or sell dollars to be doubled to 10 piasters from the official rate.
Egypt's central bank widened the band in which banks can trade dollars to 10 piasters above or below the official rate, up from 3 piasters, bankers said on Thursday, prompting the lenders' dollar rates to fall to their weakest ever levels.
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The government is committed to improving the condition of the subsidized loaf of bread which is sold at 5 piasters, Abdel-Khaleq told MENA.
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The agreement will allow both parties to provide international and roaming calls between the two companies with preferred tariffs.Through this agreement, both Orange Mobile and Wataniya Mobile subscribers will be able to pay a clear and simple unified tariff of 12 piasters a minute for calling internationally, roaming and receiving calls between Jordan and Palestine.