pfen·​nig | \ ˈfe-nig How to pronounce pfennig (audio) , -nik, German ˈ(p)fe-niḵ How to pronounce pfennig (audio) \
plural pfennig also pfennigs\ ˈfe-​nigz How to pronounce pfennig (audio) , -​niks \ or pfennige\ ˈ(p)fe-​ni-​gə How to pronounce pfennig (audio) , -​ni-​yə \

Definition of pfennig

: a former monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ deutsche mark

Examples of pfennig in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, Rudolf Kreitlein never needed to dig a pfennig from out of his pocket, with Geoff Hurst’s headed goal thirteen minutes from the end of normal time settling the encounter in England’s favour., "World Cup Countdown: 8 Days to Go - What if Antonio Rattín Hadn’t Been Sent Off?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of pfennig

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pfennig

German, from Old High German pfenning — more at penny

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“Pfennig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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