deutsche mark

deut·​sche mark | \ ˈdȯich-ˌmärk How to pronounce deutsche mark (audio) , ˈdoi-chə-ˌmärk How to pronounce deutsche mark (audio) \
variants: or less commonly deutschmark \ ˈdȯich-​ˌmärk How to pronounce deutschmark (audio) \

Definition of deutsche mark

: the basic monetary unit of West Germany from 1948 to 1990 and of reunited Germany from 1990 to 2001

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With that, the lev became a clone of the deutsche mark. Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, "Erdogan Can Save the Turkish Lira," 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, "Italy’s Old Bonds Hold Clues to Its Euro Future," 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, "Italy’s Old Bonds Hold Clues to Its Euro Future," 31 May 2018 Germans can still exchange old deutsche marks for euros at the Bundesbank. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Switzerland’s Old-Money Problem: One Billion in Expiring Francs," 20 Oct. 2017 Unable to block it, Mitterrand insisted that Germany bind itself to the rest of Europe by giving up the deutsche mark for the euro. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Winning Again Is Angela Merkel’s Easiest Task," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of deutsche mark

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deutsche mark

German, German mark

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The first known use of deutsche mark was in 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of deutsche mark

: a basic unit of money that was formerly used in Germany also : a coin or bill representing one deutsche mark

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