This done, he asks for a piaster; and some one tells him that he shall have it if he will put out his hand and take it.
All my trouble, all the hard work, and not a piaster, not a piaster!
We got down from our horse, went around carelessly, and slipped a cherek (a five piaster piece) into his fingers.
They could be bought in the markets for a piaster, or less than five cents.
Then the two knights had to be removed to a sick-room and infirmary, for they needed a doctor and piaster to cure their wounds.
They brought to the King the piaster which gave Erec great relief.
But if you go to buy anything you get so confused as to the different worth of a piaster that your head turns.
Hundreds of accounts and bills have been received, audited and paid, and scarcely any two correspond in piaster equivalents.
After thirty-three years of residence, I am still trying to get some idea of what a piaster is.
also piastre, 1620s, "Spanish dollar, piece of eight," also used as the name of a monetary unit and coin of Turkey (1610s, in Turkish called ghurush, but originally debased Spanish dollars), from French piastre, from Italian piastra "thin metal plate," short for impiastro "plaster," from Latin emplastrum, from Greek emplastron (see plaster). The Italian word was applied to the Spanish silver peso, later to the Turkish coin based on it. Cf. shinplaster.