penny

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

Definition of penny

plural pennies play \ˈpe-nēz\ or pence play \ˈpen(t)s\
1 a :a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to ¹/₂₄₀ pound but now equal to ¹/₁₀₀ pound
b :a similar monetary unit of any of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations — see pound at Money Table
c :a coin representing one penny
3 plural pennies :cent
4 :a former monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ Irish pound
5 :a trivial amount
6 :a piece or sum of money
  • that will cost a pretty penny

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Origin and Etymology of penny

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


-penny

adjective combining form

Definition of -penny

: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

noun

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

noun pen·ny \ ˈpe-nē \

Definition of penny for Students

plural pennies \ˈpe-nēz\
1 :cent
2 or plural pence\ˈpens\ :a coin of the United Kingdom equal to ¹/₁₀₀ pound


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