Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Former unit of currency in Spain a Spain's colonies worth 8 reales; Spanish dollar.
  • n. Former unit of currency in Argentina worth 1/100 austral.
  • n. A coin equal to a Spanish dollar.
  • n. Name of the currency of various countries: Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Philippines.
  • n. A coin or note worth one peso.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Spanish dollar; also, an Argentine, Chilian, Colombian, etc., coin, equal to from 75 cents to a dollar; also, a pound weight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Spanish dollar. See dollar, 1. Also called duro.
  • n. A silver siege-piece struck for Girone in Spain, in 1808, during the Peninsular war.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in the Philippines; equal to 100 centavos
  • n. the basic unit of money in Colombia; equal to 100 centavos
  • n. the basic unit of money in Uruguay; equal to 100 centesimos
  • n. the basic unit of money in Mexico; equal to 100 centavos
  • n. the basic unit of money in Guinea-Bissau; equal to 100 centavos
  • n. the basic unit of money in Chile; equal to 100 centesimos
  • n. the basic unit of money in the Dominican Republic; equal to 100 centavos
  • n. the basic unit of money in Cuba; equal to 100 centavos

Etymologies

Spanish, from Latin pēnsum, something weighed, from neuter past participle of pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish peso. (Wiktionary)

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