Definition of kopek in US English:


(also kopeck, copeck)


  • A monetary unit of Russia and some other countries of the former Soviet Union, equal to one hundredth of a ruble.

    • ‘Nikola instructs the peasant to buy two candles, one costing a rouble and the other only a copeck.’
    • ‘The official currency is the rouble (also known as the zaichik) divided into 100 kopecks.’
    • ‘He received a refund of 29 rubles and 84 kopeks, 16 kopeks short of the amount sent three months earlier.’
    • ‘They dug into their pockets, but not one of the well-fed commissars could find a single kopek.’
    • ‘Imagine standing in this cold all day for kopeks.’
    • ‘After all, said one, they could sell the mushrooms to the local cooperative and thereby have a few kopeks in their hands, whereas the whole summer she had toiled in the fields and had so far received no remuneration.’
    • ‘A kilo of white bread costs 60 kopeks!’
    • ‘We can now calculate, for example, that a Muscovite laborer with his 3 kopecks per day could buy 10 inches of the cheapest woolen cloth, 3/50 ths of a pig, 15 bricks and so on.’
    • ‘Despite that, Vladimir declared, the Soviet government had not afforded him the necessary conditions to provide for his family, and had left him attempting to survive as a farm laborer on mere kopecks a day.’
    • ‘In a period of 10 years, 18,000 modest citizens of Russia and Ukraine have undergone treatment in Cuba without having to pay a single kopeck.’
    • ‘Raskolnikov explains to the policeman the situation and hands him twenty copecks to aid the girl.’
    • ‘Rather than complaining that he received only 17 and a half kopecks a day from his farm labor, he should be asking himself what he had done to improve the condition of demobilized poor peasants.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that the women employees at Lipchanka produce high-quality products, Mr. Torshin is apparently not been pleased with their work as they are paid mere kopecks.’
    • ‘After saving every kopeck they'd earned, and enduring a punishing 70-hour bus journey across Europe, the band eventually arrived at Victoria Coach Station in London one bright morning, keen-eyed and ready to record their Peel session.’
    • ‘The average monthly salary was 6 roubles and 88 kopeks.’
    • ‘At the time, a visit to the doctor cost 20 kopeks and a kilogram of beef - a luxury amid soaring food prices - went for 50 kopeks.’
    • ‘An elderly woman hands him twenty copecks, thinking he is a beggar.’
    • ‘They purchase them by the armful from local bakeries and live off the few kopeks added to the wholesale price.’
    • ‘In early 1994, stalls appeared in western Siberian towns such as Omsk and Noyabrsk offering cash in exchange for vouchers that were said by the agents to be worth no more than a handful of kopeks.’
    • ‘In fact, until quite recently, front-row seats at the Bolshoi were only 3 rubles 50 kopecks.’


From Russian kopeĭka, diminutive of kopʹë ‘lance’ (from the figure on the coin (1535) of Tsar Ivan IV, bearing a lance instead of a sword).