deutsche mark


variants or less commonly deutschmark
: the basic monetary unit of West Germany from 1948 to 1990 and of reunited Germany from 1990 to 2001

Examples of deutsche mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The switch to the ultra-solid deutsche mark enabled Montenegro to escape from the chronically hyperinflating Yugoslav dinar. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2022 Handed the cabinet-level position of state counselor, Hanke advised Montenegro’s President, Milo Djukanovic, to replace the Yugoslav dinar with the deutsche mark. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2022 Yet dollar reserves continued to grow, and its share remained high despite the rise of currency alternatives such as the yen and deutsche mark. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 In addition, the Germans, as a condition of giving up the deutsche mark in favor of the euro, insisted on stringent limits on public deficits, even in the face of disasters such as the Greek collapse. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 But the market changed when sports/GTs became exercises in rocketry and the dollar dipped versus the deutsche mark. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 12 May 2020 With that, the lev became a clone of the deutsche mark. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2018 Italy took the soft option frequently in the past, with the lira losing two-thirds of its value against the dollar from 1970 to the start of the euro, while the deutsche mark doubled. James MacKintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2018 More Look at two zero-coupon bonds, issued by Deutsche Bank in October 1996, one in lire and the other in German deutsche marks. James MacKintosh, WSJ, 31 May 2018 See More

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Word History


German, German mark

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deutsche mark was in 1948

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“Deutsche mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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deutsche mark

deut·​sche mark ˈdȯich(-ə)-ˌmärk How to pronounce deutsche mark (audio)
variants also deutschmark
: the former basic unit of money of Germany and earlier of West Germany
: a coin or bill representing one deutsche mark

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