or ko·pek, co·peck



an aluminum-bronze coin of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states, the 100th part of a ruble.

Origin of kopeck

1690–1700; < Russian kopéĭka, equivalent to kopʾë lance, spear + -ka diminutive suffix; so called from the lance with which the figure on the coin was armed
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Historical Examples of kopeck

  • But charity—to the amount of one kopeck, one meal, even so much as a cup of water!

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • Every kopeck, every rouble, has gone to tighten that embrace.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • Every kopeck she earned or saved was a scale in her coat of armor.

  • It is true it might have been worth no more than a kopeck, but a kopeck is to him what a rouble is to me.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • I repeat to you, as to all the rest, I would not give a kopeck for any man I have ever met.

    High Noon


British Dictionary definitions for kopeck


kopek or copeck


a monetary unit of Russia and Belarus worth one hundredth of a rouble: coins are still used as tokens for coin-operated machinery although the kopeck itself is virtually valueless

Word Origin for kopeck

Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand
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Word Origin and History for kopeck

1/100 of a ruble, from Russian kopeika, from kop'e "lance" (cognate with Greek kopis "chopper, cleaver;" see hatchet); so called because the coin showed the czar with lance in hand.

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