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Peter's pence

noun plural but singular in construction

Definition of PETER'S PENCE

1
:  an annual tribute of a penny formerly paid by each householder in England to the papal see
2
:  a voluntary annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to the pope

Origin of PETER'S PENCE

Middle English; from the tradition that St. Peter founded the papal see
First Known Use: 14th century

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