Definition of nakfa in English:



  • The basic monetary unit of Eritrea, equal to one hundred cents.

    • ‘A phone to my wife for 2 minutes and 40 seconds costed 109 nakfas.’
    • ‘Since the economy collapsed, the rent and everything have become so expensive, so I need 700 nakfas or 800 nakfas every month.’
    • ‘I was able to pay 9000 nakfas straight away, so I didn't have to take on any loans and pay high interest.’
    • ‘A litre of petrol went up by 40% to 20 nakfas diesel went up 25% to 10 nakfas a litre.’


1990s: from Nak'fa, the name of the town where the country's armed struggle against the Ethiopian regime was launched.