G ˈnōtˌgelt
plural -s
: necessity money used in Germany and some eastern European states especially after World War I

Word History


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

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of notgeld was in 1916

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“Notgeld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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