god's penny

noun, often capitalized G

Definition of god's penny

: a penny or small sum paid as earnest money especially on concluding a purchase or hiring a servant among merchants the god's penny binds the contract of sale— Frederick Pollock & F. W. Maitland

called also argentum Dei, denarius dei, denier à dieu

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First Known Use of god's penny

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for god's penny

Middle English godes peny

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“God's penny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/god%27s%20penny. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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