Definition of headpenny

1 : head tax
2 obsolete : an individual or personal assessment or payment to church funds

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First Known Use of headpenny

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for headpenny

Middle English hed penny, from hed head + penny

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“Headpenny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headpenny. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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