piece of eight
Date: 1610 an old Spanish peso of eight reals

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  • Piece of eight — Piece Piece, n. [OE. pece, F. pi[ e]ce, LL. pecia, petia, petium, probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. peth a thing, a part, portion, a little, Armor. pez, Gael. & Ir. cuid part, share. Cf. {Petty}.] 1. A fragment or part of anything separated from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piece of eight — n. the obsolete Spanish and Spanish American dollar, equal to eight reals …   English World dictionary

  • piece of eight — piece′ of eight′ n. num peso 3) • Etymology: 1600–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • piece of eight — noun an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales • Hypernyms: ↑coin * * * : an old Spanish peso of eight reals * * * peso (def. 4). [1600 10] * * * piece of eight An old Spanish coin worth eight reals • • • Main Entry: ↑eight …   Useful english dictionary

  • piece of eight — noun (plural pieces of eight) historical a Spanish dollar, equivalent to eight reals …   English new terms dictionary

  • piece of eight — noun An historical English term for peso, a silver coin, that was minted in Spain from the end of 15th century, equal to eight reales (hence the name). Syn: dollar, peso, piastre …   Wiktionary

  • piece of eight — noun the old Spanish dollar or peso, of the value of 8 reals …   Australian English dictionary

  • piece of eight — peso (def. 4). [1600 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • To give a piece of one's mind to — Piece Piece, n. [OE. pece, F. pi[ e]ce, LL. pecia, petia, petium, probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. peth a thing, a part, portion, a little, Armor. pez, Gael. & Ir. cuid part, share. Cf. {Petty}.] 1. A fragment or part of anything separated from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A Piece of the Action (Star Trek) — NOTOC ST episode name = A Piece of the Action Kirk and Spock face off with mobsters series = TOS ep num = 46 prod num = 049 remas. num = 28 date = January 12, 1968 writer = David P. Harmon Gene L. Coon director = James Komack guest = Anthony… …   Wikipedia

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