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penny

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noun pen·ny \ˈpe-nē\

Simple Definition of penny

  • : a coin or a unit of money equal to 1/100 of a dollar

  • : a coin or a unit of money equal to 1/100 of a British pound

  • : a British coin used before 1971 that was equal to 1/12 of a shilling

Full Definition of penny

plural pennies play \-nēz\ or pence play \ˈpen(t)s\

  1. 1 a :  a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 1240 pound but now equal to 1100 pound b :  a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at money table c :  a coin representing one penny

  2. 2 :  denarius

  3. 3 plural pennies :  cent

  4. 4 :  a former monetary unit equal to 1100 Irish pound

  5. 5 :  a trivial amount

  6. 6 :  a piece or sum of money <that will cost a pretty penny>

Origin of penny

Middle English, from Old English penning, penig; akin to Old High German pfenning, a coin


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with penny


-penny

adjective combining form pen·ny

Definition of -penny

  1. :  being a (designated) nail size <an eightpenny nail>



Origin of -penny

penny; perhaps from the original price per hundred



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