Peter's pence

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of Peter's pence

  1. 1 :  an annual tribute of a penny formerly paid by each householder in England to the papal see

  2. 2 :  a voluntary annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to the pope

Origin and Etymology of peter's pence

Middle English; from the tradition that St. Peter founded the papal see


First Known Use: 14th century


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