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[puh-sey-tuh; Spanish pe-se-tah] /pəˈseɪ tə; Spanish pɛˈsɛ tɑ/
noun, plural pesetas
[puh-sey-tuh z; Spanish pe-se-tahs] /pəˈseɪ təz; Spanish pɛˈsɛ tɑs/ (Show IPA)
a bronze coin and monetary unit of Spain and Andorra until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 centimos.
Abbreviation: P., Pta.
a former silver coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to two reals; pistareen.
a former monetary unit of Equatorial Guinea: replaced by the ekuele in 1973.
Origin of peseta
1805-15; < Spanish, diminutive of pesa a weight. See peso Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One peseta is for the bride-to-be, the other for her mother.

  • He had to have his peseta for the night's session at coffee and dominoes.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • But I calmed his fears with a peseta—money goes a long way in Spain—and went in alone.

  • We had been told to pay the man a peseta; but he expostulated at the wage, demanding three.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • The real is a quarter of a peseta, but the escudo of ten reales has been suppressed.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • I left my waistcoat upon the bed, and in the pocket there was a peseta and a half.

    Saragossa Benito Prez Galds
  • He stated in his best Castilian that the peseta was worth ninepence and he would pay with Spanish money or would not pay at all.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • One would think one could hurl a peseta across it, until one tried.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • It was so funny, he cared not a peseta if he laughed himself to death!

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • For not a peseta will ever be repaid, inasmuch as there was no security.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for peseta


/pəˈseɪtə; Spanish peˈseta/
the former standard monetary unit of Spain and Andorra, divided into 100 céntimos; replaced by the euro in 2002
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, diminutive of peso
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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