Meaning of peseta in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈseɪtə/

Translate peseta into Spanish


  • 1(until the introduction of the euro in 2002) the basic monetary unit of Spain, equal to 100 centimos.

    ‘An international businessman might live in US dollars, but if the purpose of the account is to buy a house in Spain, his portfolio currency is actually pesetas.’
    • ‘When I go through my old lira, pesetas, francs and drachma, I am reminded of the true meaning of being ‘in the Navy,’ and seeing something unique outside the United States.’
    • ‘What is Spain without the peseta, France without the franc, what would America be without the dollar, even the old IR for the Irish pound had a characteristic all its own.’
    • ‘When they converted from the peseta to the euro they hiked up all the prices before people knew what was happening in a currency they didn't yet understand.’
    • ‘As Europeans trades in their francs, lire and pesetas for the new currency the old divisions in Britain over the new currency remain intact.’
    • ‘The prices helpfully flash up on the board in pounds, dollars, Swiss francs, pesetas and yen.’
    • ‘Spain adopts the peseta after the revolution of 1868.’
    • ‘First it was the Deutsch mark, followed by the franc, lira, peseta and drachma.’
    • ‘A pound sterling brought about 120 pesetas in London, but the rate in Spain was fixed at about 100.’
    • ‘If reports are to be believed then there was no shortage of lira and pesetas on offer.’
    • ‘Last week, a venerable Sevilian was found complaining that she saw no reason to give up the peseta and accept the Deutschmark.’
    • ‘I would ask people to empty out pots and purses, and gather francs, marks, guilders, pesetas and punts and put them to work to help local people.’
    • ‘Alternatively, they are contracted on a piecework basis paid 10 pesetas a kilo of broccoli.’
    • ‘If you hadn't already noticed, gone are the good old peseta, the franc and the drachma.’
    • ‘You hand out Euros the way we handed out pesetas some years ago.’
    • ‘She laughed, stowing the twenty-five thousand pesetas away, leaned across the counter, and took my hand warmly.’
    • ‘In February 1931 the government agreed to some of the improvements that workers had asked for, for example a minimum wage of five pesetas.’
    • ‘The children were all caddies, making a few pesetas to help the family.’
    • ‘They watch me, and they give me pesetas, Spanish money.’
    • ‘A single funeral site can be worth many Spanish pesetas, enough to feed a family for a lifetime.’
    1. 1.1 historical A Spanish silver coin.


Spanish, diminutive of pesa ‘weight’, from Latin pensa ‘things weighed’, from the verb pendere ‘weigh’.