Main definitions of pistolet in English

: pistolet1pistolet2

pistolet1

Pronunciation /ˈpɪstəlɪt/ /ˌpɪstəˈlɛt/

noun

  • 1rare A small firearm; = "pistol".

  • 2A small bread roll, originally from Belgium.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From Middle French pistolet small firearm, pistol, apparently from pistole (although this is first attested slightly later) + -et; compare also slightly earlier pistolet.

Main definitions of pistolet in English

: pistolet1pistolet2

pistolet2

Pronunciation /ˈpɪstəlɛt/ /ˈpɪstəlɪt/

noun

historical
  • A Spanish gold escudo; (also) a Spanish double-escudo; = "pistole". Also occasionally: any of various other gold coins of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From French †pistolet, of uncertain origin; perhaps the same word as pistolet (although this is first attested slightly later), with reference to the small size of the coins.