tenge

noun
\ 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 Khasenovna spent 155,000 tenge ($400) for a fur coat, about one month of her salary. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "The buyers and sellers of Khorgos, a special trade zone on the Kazakhstan-China border," 26 Oct. 2019 Electric wheelchairs sell for 130,000 tenge ($330) in Khorgos. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "The buyers and sellers of Khorgos, a special trade zone on the Kazakhstan-China border," 26 Oct. 2019 Plan your trip: Single rides on the Almaty Metro cost 80 tenge (approximately U.S. $0.25). Robert Chg, National Geographic, "See why the world’s best subway lines are destinations unto themselves," 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, "Sharp Drops in Currencies Hint at Spreading Volatility," 15 Apr. 2018 Russia’s ruble fell amid increased U.S. sanctions against the country and concern about a U.S. strike on Syria, a decline that also contributed to a fall in Kazakhstan’s tenge. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Sharp Drops in Currencies Hint at Spreading Volatility," 15 Apr. 2018 Back in Shape As well as backing the Halyk-Kazkommertsbank merger, which is due to be completed in the second half of the year, the state has pumped 650 billion tenge into other lenders. Bloomberg.com, "Meet the Woman Charged With Saving the Kazakh Banking System," 12 Feb. 2018 Kazakhstan has spent over 1.1trn tenge ($3.2bn) on upgrading its railway lines and rolling stock since 2011. The Economist, "Freight train comingNew rail routes between China and Europe will change trade patterns," 14 Sep. 2017 The tenge fell 25 percent against the dollar in a single day. David Segal, New York Times, "Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstan’s Economy?," 9 Sep. 2017

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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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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tenge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenge. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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