halfpenny

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noun half·pen·ny \ˈhāp-nē, ˈhā-pə-, US also ˈhaf-ˌpe-nē, ˈhäf-\

Definition of halfpenny

  1. 1 plural halfpenceplay \ˈhā-pən(t)s, US also ˈhaf-ˌpen(t)s, ˈhäf-\ or halfpennies :  a formerly used British coin representing one half of a penny

  2. 2 :  the sum of half a penny

  3. 3 :  a small amount

halfpenny

adjective

13th Century

First Known Use of halfpenny

13th century


HALFPENNY Defined for English Language Learners

halfpenny

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noun half·pen·ny \ˈhāp-nē, ˈhā-pə-, US also ˈhaf-ˌpe-nē, ˈhäf-\

Definition of halfpenny for English Language Learners

  • : a former British coin worth one half of a penny

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