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Etymology 1 n. 1 A subdivision of currency, equal to a 1/100th of a rupee in various Asian countries. 2 (context historical English) (British India) A subdivision of currency equivalent to 1/64th of a rupee. 3 A subdivision of currency, equal to a 1/100th of a Bangladeshi taka. Etymology 2

n. (context slang English) A Mexican national, especially a rural/rustic one.

  1. n. a fractional monetary unit in Bangladesh and India and Nepal and Pakistan

  2. [also: paise (pl)]


The paisa ( Nepali/, ) or poisha (, in Bangladesh) is a monetary unit in several countries; cognate terms include baisa (, in Oman).

In India, Nepal and Pakistan, the paisa currently equals of a rupee. In Bangladesh, the poisha equals of a Bangladeshi taka. In Oman, the baisa equals of an Omani rial. The colloquial term for money in Burmese, paiksan , derives from the Hindi term paisa.

The word paisa is from Hindi and Urdu paisā, a quarter-anna coin, ultimately from Sanskrit term padāṁśa meaning 'quarter part', from pada "foot or quarter" and aṁśa "part". Another explanation is that the word derives from Portuguese ´pesa´ from which peso and diminutive peseta are derived. The pesa was also in use in colonial Kenya.

Until the 1950s in India and Pakistan (and before 1947 in British India), the paisa was equivalent to 3 pies, of an anna, or of a rupee. After the transition from a non-decimal currency to a decimal currency, the paisa equaled of a rupee and was known as a naya paisa ("new paisa") for a few years to distinguish it from the old paisa that was of a rupee.

Paisa (disambiguation)

Paisa may refer to:

  • Paisa, a monetary unit in South Asia
  • A person from the Paisa Region of Colombia
  • Paisà, a 1946 Italian film directed by Roberto Rossellini, released in English as Paisan
  • An inmate of one of the prisons in Honduras who did not belong to a street gang
  • Paisa (film), a 2014 Telugu film
Paisa (film)

Paisa is a 2014 Telugu film directed by Krishna Vamsi, produced by Ramesh Puppala under Yellow Flowers banner, featuring Nani and Catherine Tresa in the lead. It was written by Padmasri, K. K. Binojee and Patrikeya. It deals with the power of money and how the whole world revolves around it. The film was scheduled to release on 20 December 2013 with an 'A' certificate from censor board for its excessive violence. However, the film released worldwide on 7 February 2014. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics but turned out to be a hit at the Box office.

Usage examples of "paisa".

A girl then, barely out of her teens, pure paisa like him, no native blood, able to trace her family all the way back to Spain.

His survival instincts urged him to run, but his paisa upbringing held him back.

Pedas were the simplest, most common sweetmeat, available daily in the mithaigalli of any part of the city for a few paisa a kilo.

To realize the value of those blue diamonds they must be sold one by one, or, at most, in separate pairs, and this with infinite care, so as not to arouse suspicion among the banians who are the traders in precious stones, and are ever on the outlook to screw the last copper paisa out of the seller unlawfully trafficking in them.