six·​pence | \ ˈsiks-pən(t)s How to pronounce sixpence (audio) , US also -ˌpen(t)s \

Definition of sixpence

1 : a former British monetary unit equal to six pennies
2 plural sixpence or sixpences : a coin worth sixpence

Examples of sixpence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Poets of Great Britain, launched in 1777, could a copy of The Faerie Queene be had for sixpence—inexpensive enough for a school-aged Leigh Hunt to purchase with pocket money. Catherine Nicholson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 And Julian Groves, 59, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps for 11 years, discovered a lucky sixpence coin put inside one of the puddings during the royal mixing session. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Dec. 2020 The man gave him sixpence, which was a lot of money then. Deborah Orr, The New York Review of Books, 7 Feb. 2020 Each of the royals placed commemorative sixpences into the mixture, ready to be found by those attending the gatherings next year. Karen Mizoguchi,, 22 Dec. 2019 People in need received the charred remains of the bird for sixpence per serving. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 19 Dec. 2019 Their agility is not the same as someone like Beauden Barrett, who can change direction on a sixpence. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2019 Not to mention the integration of the exciting Christian Pulisic, who turned on a sixpence to beat Aaron Wan-Bissaka within seconds of coming off the bench., 13 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sixpence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sixpence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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six·​pence | \ ˈsiks-pens How to pronounce sixpence (audio) \

Kids Definition of sixpence

1 : the sum of six pence
2 : an old British coin worth six pence


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