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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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The CBE reduced the dollar against the pound by 20 piasters in November, putting the dollar at the CBE at EGP 7.
The minister urged traders to make good use of the coins, which are in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 piasters.
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.
According to Ayoub, he would pay LL4 or LL5 for the trip, while a cinema ticket would cost 75 piasters, or 150 piasters if you wanted to be on the balcony, from where guys would look at the girls from afar.
The simple fact is that had the price of petroleum products increased by 17 piasters per annum starting in 2000, the total debt of the Egyptian government today would have been zero.
The company will donate five piasters on every segment booked on Amadeus Selling Platform during the month.
Consequently, in 1841 the RAC found it expedient to sell Fort Ross and the surrounding fields to John Sutter for 30,000 piasters.
The light brown, oven-inflated discs are produced by more than 20,000 small, government-subsidized bakeries to be sold for five piasters (less than a US penny) apiece, or by private bakeries that sell at a far higher price.
This individual was the Class B agent who would pay substantiated claims in Vietnamese piasters after Finkelstein investigated and approved them.
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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Orange customers can watch Ramadan series one day prior to its screening for 20 piasters per programme requested.