god's penny

noun, often capitalized G

Definition of god's penny

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of god's penny

Middle English godes peny

First Known Use: 14th century

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