pfen·​nig ˈfe-nig How to pronounce pfennig (audio)
ˈ(p)fe-niḵ How to pronounce pfennig (audio)
plural pfennig also pfennigs ˈfe-nigz How to pronounce pfennig (audio)
or pfennige ˈ(p)fe-ni-gə How to pronounce pfennig (audio)
: 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., 6 June 2018

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Word History


German, from Old High German pfenning — more at penny

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pfennig was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Pfennig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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