Definition of penny
penniesplay \ˈpe-nēz\ or
1a : a monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 1⁄240 pound but now equal to 1⁄100 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 : denarius
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
Recent Examples of penny from the Web
Yet lawmakers are considering keeping at least part of the extra penny tax in place beyond the expiration date.
Every penny per gallon of jet fuel equates to $200 million a year in U.S. airline industry fuel costs, according to a report from Airlines for America, the trade group for U.S. air carriers.
But so far, the American nation had proven stunningly incapable of fending for itself, like a rebellious adolescent who takes leave of his family without a penny to his name.
Then, in a normal year, the prices drop a penny or two and remain relatively stable the rest of the summer, unless a hurricane gets loose in the Gulf of Mexico and wreaks havoc with production.
No shock that for three months in a row, the amount varied by one penny.
That means more than 872,000 people in Cook County won't have to pay the penny-per-ounce tax on sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages, which goes into effect July 1.
Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals.
The price of gas in the metropolitan D.C. area is a penny lower than a week ago.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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
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
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