Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin of Austria of the nineteenth century, equivalent to 20 kreutzers, and worth 8⅜ pence English (about 17 cents).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An Austrian silver coin equivalent to 20 kreutzers, or about 10 cents.
“We had slept upon hay the previous night, but upon our arrival at Töplitz, which we entered in a cabriolet, three of us inside with five knapsacks, and other two companions hanging on behind, we boldly took up our abode at one of the first hotels, and were, the whole five of us, crammed into a little room on the top floor, and charged a zwanziger (eightpence) a head for the accommodation.”
““This man will carry you beyond Chradim for a _zwanziger_ a head,” said the landlord, pointing to the half-liveried fellow, who began gesticulating violently, and marking us off with his fingers as if we were so many sheep.”
“But here there was no credit, and our good-natured Lübecker having doled out a fourth zwanziger on account, was scarcely surprised to see it pounced upon and totally appropriated by the host in liquidation of some ancient score.”
“He was a sad dog, for, in the course of a quarter of an hour he ran up a score upon the strength of an alleged promise on our parts to pay all expenses, and succeeded in wheedling another zwanziger in advance out of our cashier, the military Lübecker.”
“There remained still one zwanziger unpaid; but, to our astonishment, the Bohemian relapsed into his old rage when this was tendered to him, and, by a complication of finger reckoning, explained to us that he had never received more than two.”
“_ Put into rhyme that your head and a ripe muskmelon would not be dear at half a _zwanziger_!”
“[Footnote 12: Most of the gipsies here profess Islamism.] [Footnote 13: I presume Messrs. Boue and party.] [Footnote 14: The Austrian zwanziger goes here for only three piastres; in Servia it goes for five.]”
“At length a peasant was found who suited our purpose; but he considered two florins per diem too little pay, so I was obliged to give an additional zwanziger.”
“And during the two campaigns which I made with the Prince, living in a tent, on the pole of which hung my dispatch-bag containing my store of small money (it being impossible to obtain change for a piece of gold anywhere in the interior), and no guard being kept on the tents, I never lost a zwanziger, or any other article than a girth by which the blanket was fastened on my horse when grazing at night; and, as the blanket came back, even that did not look like a theft.”
“a franc should be different in weight and value from a shilling, and a zwanziger vary from both, is wanton loss of commercial power.”
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