a former gold coin of Spain, equal to two escudos.
any of various former gold coins of Europe, as the louis d’or.
any of various gold coins of varying value, formerly used in Europe
former Spanish coin (not called that in Spanish), 1590s, from French pistole, from Italian piastola, diminutive of piastra “plate or leaf of metal” (see piaster). Cf. earlier pistolet (1550s) “foreign coin,” which OED says is from French pistolet “short firearm” (see pistol) and so called for being smaller and thinner than other coins.
[pis-tl] /ˈpɪs tl/ noun 1. a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand. verb (used with object), pistoled, pistoling or (especially British) pistolled, pistolling. 2. to shoot with a pistol. /ˈpɪstəl/ noun 1. a short-barrelled handgun 2. hold a pistol to a person’s head, to threaten a person in order to […]
[pee-staw-yah] /piˈstɔ yɑ/ noun 1. a city in N Tuscany, in N Italy. /Italian pisˈtoːja/ noun 1. a city in N Italy, in N Tuscany: scene of the defeat and death of Catiline in 62 bc Pop: 84 274 (2001)
[pit-muh n] /ˈpɪt mən/ noun, plural pitmen for 1, pitmans for 2. 1. a person who works in a , as in coal mining. 2. Machinery. any of certain types of connecting rods. [pit-muh n] /ˈpɪt mən/ noun 1. Sir Isaac, 1813–97, English inventor of a system of shorthand. /ˈpɪtmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. (mainly […]
- Pit of stomach
pit of stomach n. See epigastric fossa.