not·​geld | \ ˈnȯtˌgeld, ˈnät-, G ˈnōtˌgelt \
plural -s

Definition of notgeld

: necessity money used in Germany and some eastern European states especially after World War I

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First Known Use of notgeld

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for notgeld

German, from not necessity (from Old High German nōt) + geld money (from Old High German gelt income, value)

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“Notgeld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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