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piece of eight Syllabification: piece of eight

Definition of piece of eight in English:

noun

historical
A Spanish dollar, equivalent to 8 reals.
Example sentences
  • Spanish piece of eight, a coin common in the American colonies during the Revolution, had eight segments marked on their reverse so that the coins could be divided (to make change).
  • My senses were all confused as within my sight was a king's ransom - Spanish gold doubloons and shining silver reals, gold pieces of eight, old English milled gold guineas, crowns, minted silver shillings.
  • I changed all my available funds into copper pennies - the old ones, the size of half-crowns - which I would trickle through my fingers as if they were doubloons or pieces of eight.

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