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 and Etymology 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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