farthing

noun
far·​thing | \ ˈfär-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce farthing (audio) \

Definition of farthing

1a : a former British monetary unit equal to ¹/₄ of a penny
b : a coin representing this unit
2 : something of small value : mite

Examples of farthing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His uncle, James Starley, had developed the penny-farthing in the 1870s. National Geographic, "How bicycles transformed our world," 17 June 2020 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Once upon a time a ticket to the cinema cost just five quid, and a hogshead of mead but a farthing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of farthing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for farthing

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

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The first known use of farthing was before the 12th century

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1 Jul 2020

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“Farthing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farthing. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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farthing

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English Language Learners Definition of farthing

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

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