halfpenny

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

Definition of halfpenny

1 plural halfpence play \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 : the sum of half a penny
3 : a small amount

halfpenny

adjective

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First Known Use of halfpenny

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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