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peso Syllabification: pe·so
Pronunciation: /ˈpāsō/

Definition of peso in English:

noun (plural pesos)

The basic monetary unit of Mexico, several other Latin American countries, and the Philippines, equal to 100 centésimos in Uruguay and 100 centavos elsewhere.
Example sentences
  • At the height of vote counting in the Congress last week, the peso tumbled to an all-time low of 56.43 pesos to the U.S. dollar.
  • The Uruguayan peso, whose value has halved since the middle of June, plunged even further when foreign exchange controls were lifted.
  • Mexican pesos and US dollars are interchanged at the general exchange rate of 10 pesos per $.


Spanish, literally 'weight', from Latin pensum 'something weighed', from the verb pendere 'weigh'.

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