penny

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noun, often attributive pen·ny \ˈpe-nē\

Definition of penny

plural

pennies

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pence

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  1. 1a :  a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 1240 pound but now equal to 1100 poundb :  a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at money tablec :  a coin representing one penny

  2. 2 :  denarius

  3. 3 plural pennies :  cent

  4. 4 :  a former monetary unit equal to 1100 Irish pound

  5. 5 :  a trivial amount

  6. 6 :  a piece or sum of money that will cost a pretty penny

Origin and Etymology of penny

Middle English, from Old English penning, penig; akin to Old High German pfenning, a coin


First Known Use: before 12th century


-penny

adjective combining form pen·ny

Definition of -penny

  1. :  being a (designated) nail size an eightpenny nail

Origin and Etymology of -penny

penny; perhaps from the original price per hundred


PENNY Defined for English Language Learners

penny

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noun, often attributive pen·ny \ˈpe-nē\

Definition of penny for English Language Learners

  • : a coin or a unit of money equal to 1/100 of a dollar

  • : a coin or a unit of money equal to 1/100 of a British pound

  • : a British coin used before 1971 that was equal to 1/12 of a shilling


PENNY Defined for Kids

penny

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noun pen·ny \ˈpe-nē\

Definition of penny for Students

plural

pennies

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  1. 1 :  cent

  2. 2 or plural pence \ˈpens\ :  a coin of the United Kingdom equal to 1100 pound



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