\ ˈteŋ-ˌgā How to pronounce tenge (audio) \
plural tenge

Definition of tenge

the basic monetary unit of Kazakhstan — see Money Table

Examples of tenge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Energy-rich Kazakhstan, which exports two-thirds of its oil supplies through Russian ports, is reeling from the international sanctions regime and burning through vital currency reserves to prop up its faltering national currency, the tenge. Time, 11 Mar. 2022 Citizens grew immediately incensed after prices essentially doubled overnight to approximately 100 tenge, or 22 cents, per liter. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 8 Jan. 2022 In 2018, Kim bought the entire 30% stake that Satybaldyuly owned in Kaspi for 200 billion tenge ($466 million), taking his ownership to about half, according to the firm’s prospectus and Bloomberg calculations. Swetha Gopinath, Bloomberg.com, 15 Oct. 2020 Net income rose 50% to 116 billion tenge, or $286 million, in the first half of 2020 from a year earlier, with payments and marketplace platforms accounting for almost a third of the total. Nariman Gizitdinov, Bloomberg.com, 25 Sep. 2020 Khasenovna spent 155,000 tenge ($400) for a fur coat, about one month of her salary. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, 26 Oct. 2019 Electric wheelchairs sell for 130,000 tenge ($330) in Khorgos. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, 26 Oct. 2019 Plan your trip: Single rides on the Almaty Metro cost 80 tenge (approximately U.S. $0.25). Robert Chg, National Geographic, 19 July 2019 Kazakhstan’s tenge dropped 2.3% against the dollar, highlighting fears that the ruble’s decline will upend trade between the neighboring countries. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of tenge

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenge

Kazakh teŋge coin, ruble

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“Tenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenge. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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