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farthing

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noun far·thing \ˈfär-thiŋ\

Simple Definition of farthing

  • : a former British coin that had a value equal to 1/4 of a penny

Full Definition of farthing

  1. 1 a :  a former British monetary unit equal to 14 of a penny b :  a coin representing this unit

  2. 2 :  something of small value :  mite

Origin of farthing

Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung (akin to Middle High German vierdunc fourth part), from Old English fēortha fourth


First Known Use: before 12th century


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