Peter's pence

noun, plural in form 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

First Known Use of Peter's pence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Peter's pence

Middle English; from the tradition that St. Peter founded the papal see

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“Peter's pence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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