piastre

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French piastre, from Italian piastra (plate of wood or metal; coin), probably from Latin emplastra.

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piastre (plural piastres)

  1. (now historical) A Spanish or Spanish-American coin and unit of currency, originally worth eight real.
    • 1630, John Smith, True Travels, Kupperman, published 1988, page 39:
      The Silkes, Velvets, Cloth of gold, and Tissue, Pyasters, Chicqueenes and Sultanies, which is gold and silver, they unloaded in foure and twentie houres, was wonderfull [...].
  2. (historical) A form of currency formerly used in the French-speaking parts of Canada.
  3. (historical) A form of currency formerly used in French Indochina.
  4. (historical) A form of currency originally used in the Ottoman Empire.
  5. (historical) A form of currency formerly used in Cyprus.
  6. A form of currency currently used as a subunit in the Middle Eastern and East African countries of Egypt, Jordan (partly including Palestine), Lebanon, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria.
  7. (Louisiana) A dollar.

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian piastra. Doublet of plâtre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pjastʁ/
  • (Quebec) IPA(key): /pjastʁ/, /pjas/
  • (Louisiana) IPA(key): /pjas/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

piastre f (plural piastres)

  1. (historical) piastre (one of several historical units of currency)
  2. (Quebec, Louisiana, now colloquial, formerly also official) Canadian or American dollar
    Synonyms: dollar, piasse (informal)
    • 1803, Traité d'achat de la Louisiane (Louisiana Purchase Treaty)[1]:
      3. La piastre ayant cours de monnaie dans les États-Unis, il est convenu que dans les comptes auxquels la présente convention donnera lieu, le rapport de ladite monnaie, avec le franc, sera invariablement fixé à cinq francs 3.333 / 10.000, ou cinq livres huit sols tournois.
      3. It is agreed that the Dollar of the United States Specified in the present Convention shall be fixed at five francs 3333/100000 or five livres eight Sous tournois.
    • 1867, Loi constitutionnelle de 1867 (Constitution Act, 1867)[2]:
      Les qualifications d’un sénateur seront comme suit : [...] 4. Ses propriétés mobilières et immobilières devront valoir, somme toute, quatre mille piastres, en sus de toutes ses dettes et obligations.
      The Qualifications of a Senator shall be as follows: [...] 4. His Real and Personal Property shall be together worth Four thousand Dollars over and above his Debts and Liabilities.
    • 2009, Robert Maltais, Le Curé du Mile End, page 195:
      Non, non, c’est juste une joke. Garde-lé, ton vingt piastres.
      No, no, I was just joking. Keep it, your twenty bucks.
    Neuf, ça vaut au moins mille piastres, je l’ai eu pour la moitié.It's worth at least a thousand bucks new; I got it for half that.

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Noun[edit]

piastre f

  1. plural of piastra

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