Definitions for paisaˈpaɪ sɑ, ˈpeɪ- for 1 ; ˈpɔɪ ʃɑ for 2 ; -seɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pai•saˈpaɪ sɑ, ˈpeɪ- for 1 ; ˈpɔɪ ʃɑ for 2 ; -seɪ(n.)(pl.)-se; -sa, -sas.

  1. a monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, equal to 1/100 of the rupee.

    Category: Numismatics

  2. a monetary unit of Bangladesh, equal to 1/100 of the taka.

    Category: Numismatics

Origin of paisa:

1955–60; < Hindi paisā

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paisa(noun)

    a fractional monetary unit in Bangladesh and India and Nepal and Pakistan


  1. paisa(Noun)

    A subdivision of currency, equal to a 1/100th of a rupee in various Asian countries.

  2. paisa(Noun)

    (British India) A subdivision of currency equivalent to 1/64th of a rupee.

  3. paisa(Noun)

    A subdivision of currency, equal to a 1/100th of a Bangladeshi taka.

  4. Origin: From पैसा (paisā).


  1. Paisa

    The paisa is a monetary unit in several countries; cognate terms include poisha and baisa. In India, Nepal and Pakistan, the paisa currently equals ¹⁄100 of a rupee. In Bangladesh, the poisha equals ¹⁄100 of a Bangladeshi taka. In Oman, the baisa equals ¹⁄1000 of an Omani rial. The word paisa is from Hindi & Urdu paisā, a quarter-anna coin, ultimately from Sanskrit term padāṁśa meaning 'quarter part', from pada 'foot or quarter' and aṁśa 'part'. Until the 1950s in India and Pakistan, the paisa was equivalent to 3 pies, ¼ of an anna, or ¹⁄64 of a rupee. After the transition from a non-decimal currency to a decimal currency, the paisa was known as a naya paisa for a few years.


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