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 The penny-farthing, with its huge front wheel, seems vaguely ridiculous in retrospect—and also pretty dangerous. Samuel Arbesman, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021 His uncle, James Starley, had developed the penny-farthing in the 1870s. National Geographic, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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“Farthing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farthing. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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farthing

noun

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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