American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of kopek.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A denomination of Russian silver and copper coins.
- n. The coins of this name current since 1855 are: in silver, the 25-copeck piece, and pieces of 20, 15, 10, and 5 copecks; in copper, pieces of 1, 2, and 3 copecks. The copeck, reckoned as the hundredth part of a ruble, is worth 0.582 United States cent.
- n. alternative spelling of kopek.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Russian copper coin. See kopeck.
- n. 100 kopecks equal 1 ruble in Russia
“She bent down, picked up a five-copeck piece from the window; the remains of a fumigating pastille still stood in a grey heap of ashes on the copper coin, as she flung it into the street; then she slammed the window to and jumped heavily down to the floor ....”
“Our visitors were at once surrounded by beggars, but none of them gave them anything, except young Kalganov, who took a ten-copeck piece out of his purse, and, nervous and embarrassed — God knows why! — hurriedly gave it to an old woman, saying: “Divide it equally.””
“Now, you see his price is a grosh, now a fifteen copeck silver piece, now a hundred roubles, and sometimes he is above any price.”
“A peasant, who had sold his charcoal, and had had some tea in the town, came up, and, after crossing himself, gave her a copeck.”
“At last a copeck rolled upon the ground, and the miserable creature — his mutilated arms, with their sleeves wet through and through, held out before him — stopped perplexed in the roadway and vanished from my sight.”
“When Ptitsin was seventeen he slept in the street, he sold pen-knives, and began with a copeck; now he has sixty thousand roubles, but to get them, what has he not done?”
“I will never accept one single copeck from you, but you have helped my mother, and I am bound to be grateful to you for that, however weak it may seem.”
“-- A copeck, for the love of heaven -- half a copeck -- a quarter, only a little quarter!”
“The adjacent land will be worth countless millions of roubles to a Government which has not had to pay a single copeck for it.”
“I'll bet my last copeck you had good discipline, too," he declared admiringly.”
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