piece of eight

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piece of eight

n. pl. pieces of eight
An old Spanish silver coin.

[From its original value of eight reals.]

piece of eight

n, pl pieces of eight
(Currencies) a former Spanish coin worth eight reals; peso


(ˈpeɪ soʊ)

n., pl. -sos.
1. the basic monetary unit of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mexico, the Philippines, and Uruguay.
2. a former monetary unit of Peru, equal to 100 centavos.
3. a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to eight reals.
[1550–60; < Sp: literally, weight < Latin pēnsum something weighed]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piece of eight - an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
References in classic literature ?
"If there be troutlets enough," said Don Quixote, "they will be the same thing as a trout; for it is all one to me whether I am given eight reals in small change or a piece of eight; moreover, it may be that these troutlets are like veal, which is better than beef, or kid, which is better than goat.
Sovereign however remained flat at Rs 24,900 per piece of eight gram.
Sovereign, however, remained flat at Rs 24,400 per piece of eight grams in scattered deals.
Sovereign followed suit and fell by Rs 300 to Rs 25,000 per piece of eight gram.