[fen-ig; German pfen-ikh]
- a copper-coated iron coin and monetary unit of Germany until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a Deutsche mark.
- (formerly) a minor coin and monetary unit of East Germany, the 100th part of an ostmark.
Origin of pfennig
1540–50; < German: penny
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Examples from the Web for pfennig
One pfennig is one-hundredth of a mark, and the mark once was equal to 23.8 cents.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
I had not a pfennig to spend and nothing of any value to sell.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography.
A mark is 23.82 of our cents; and a pfennig is one-hundredth of a mark.Principles of Political Economy
Arthur Latham Perry
You just say such things because I owe you seventeen pfennig.
Pfennig, pfen′ig, n. a German copper coin, the hundredth part of a mark.
- a former German monetary unit worth one hundredth of a Deutschmark
- (formerly) a monetary unit worth one hundredth of an East German ostmark