pistareen
noun Etymology: probably modification of Spanish peseta peseta Date: 1744 an old Spanish silver piece circulating at a debased rate

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  • Pistareen — Pis ta*reen , n. An old Spanish silver coin of the value of about twenty cents. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pistareen — ☆ pistareen [pis΄tə rēn′ ] n. [prob. orig. < dim. of PESETA] a former Spanish silver coin of the American colonies and the West Indies …   English World dictionary

  • pistareen — /pis teuh reen /, n. 1. peseta (def. 2). adj. 2. of little value or worth. [1735 45, Amer.; perh. alter. of Sp peseta PESETA] * * * …   Universalium

  • pistareen — noun The name given to a type of Spanish silver 2 real coin as used as common currency in the Americas in the 18th century …   Wiktionary

  • pistareen — pis·ta·reen …   English syllables

  • pistareen — A Spanish silver coin which in 1835 passed current in the United States for twenty cents, or one fifth of a dollar, although purporting to be a quarter of a dollar or twenty five cents; so that its real value, as well as its current value, was… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pistareen — |pistə|rēn noun ( s) Etymology: probably modification of Spanish peseta more at peseta : an old Spanish 2 real piece circulating in Spain, the West Indies, and the United States at the debased rate of 1/3 the piece of eight or 20 cents and in the …   Useful english dictionary

  • head pistareen — A Spanish silver coin which in 1835 passed current in the United States for twenty cents, or one fifth of a dollar; not a coin made current by the laws of the United States. United States v Gardner (US) 10 Pet 618, 9 L Ed 556 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Currency of Spanish America — This article provides an outline of the currency of Spanish America (las Indias, the Indies) from Spanish colonization in the 15th century until Spanish American independencies in the 19th. This great realm was divided into the Viceroyalty of New …   Wikipedia

  • peseta — /peuh say teuh/; Sp. /pe se tah/, n., pl. pesetas / teuhz/; Sp. / tahs/. 1. a bronze coin and monetary unit of Spain and Spanish territories, equal to 100 centimos. Abbr.: P., Pta. 2. a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to… …   Universalium

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