American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coin formerly used in Germany equal to 1/100 of the deutsche mark.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small copper coin, the one-hundredth part of a mark. It is equal in value to about one fourth of a United States cent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small copper coin of Germany. It is the hundredth part of a mark, or about a quarter of a cent in United States currency.
- n. 100 pfennigs formerly equaled 1 Deutsche Mark in Germany
- German, from Middle High German pfennic, from Old High German pfenning. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But the truth is that the pfennig is the average Teuton's king,”
“Some voluntarily paid ten and twenty pfennig for “Help Berlin” stamps on their mail.”
“By the end of the blockade, a two-pfennig surcharge had been added to postage in the western zones to buy supplies for the western sectors of the besieged city.”
“In Orsha the pfennig had finally dropped, but not in Rastenburg.”
“Construction workers and laborers were quick to warm up to it: Currywurst was different, yet still strangely familiar, and above all affordable -- Ms. Heuwer sold it for 60 pfennig a portion, about $0.50 today.”
“A hundred thousand marks, if a pfennig, and a face to turn after in the street!”
“Did I take a pfennig from him in payment? — when I saw that he had talent?”
“And the day came, only too soon, when the positive help Maurice could give her was at an end; she did not owe a pfennig to anyone; her letters and accounts were filed and in order.”
“He had spoken the truth when he said that he was without money; every pfennig he possessed, had been in his pocket the night before.”
“Every pfennig was to go into the massive battleship-building program designed to challenge the Royal Navy.”
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