Definition of pistareen in English:

pistareen

noun

  • A small Spanish silver coin formerly in circulation chiefly in central and southern N. America and the Caribbean. Now historical.

adjective

  • Petty, paltry; of little value. Compare "picayune". Now rare and literary.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Pennsylvania Gazette. Apparently alteration of Spanish peseta peseta + -een, after nouns ending in -reen.

Pronunciation

pistareen

/pɪstəˈriːn/