Definition of hearth-penny

: peter penny

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First Known Use of hearth-penny

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hearth-penny

Middle English herthpeny, from Old English heorthpenig; from heorth hearth + penig penny

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“Hearth-penny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth-penny. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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