half·​pen·​ny | \ ˈhāp-nē How to pronounce halfpenny (audio) , ˈhā-pə-, US also ˈhaf-ˌpe-nē, ˈhäf- \

Definition of halfpenny

1 plural halfpence\ ˈhā-​pən(t)s How to pronounce halfpenny (audio) , US also  ˈhaf-​ˌpen(t)s , ˈhäf-​ \ or halfpennies : a formerly used British coin representing one half of a penny
2 : the sum of half a penny
3 : a small amount

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Recent Examples on the Web The cost of providing the training, closing the stores and any loss of sales due to boycotting customers won’t show up until the fiscal third quarter when William Blair estimates up to a halfpenny penalty to earnings per share. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Starbucks Corp. Earnings -- What to Watch," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of halfpenny

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Halfpenny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfpenny. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of halfpenny

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

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