- a former Spanish gold coin
- any of various similar obsolete gold coins of Europe
Origin of pistoleFr, earlier pistolet, diminutive of pistole (see pistol): so named in Fr, after debasement of the coin, in punning allusion to a double use of the original name of the coin, écu, which also meant “shield”
- A gold coin equal to two escudos, formerly used in Spain.
- Any of several gold coins used in various European countries until the late 1800s.
Origin of pistoleFrench back-formation from pistolet diminutive of pistole pistol ; see pistol .
From Middle French pistole, of uncertain origin.