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 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, "Christmas Puddings Made by the Queen and Prince George Are Handed Out to Military Veterans," 22 Dec. 2020 The man gave him sixpence, which was a lot of money then. Deborah Orr, The New York Review of Books, "Made in Lanarkshire, Scotland," 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,, "Queen Elizabeth Attends Church in Sandringham While Prince Philip Remains in London Hospital," 22 Dec. 2019 People in need received the charred remains of the bird for sixpence per serving. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Charles Dickens' last Christmas turkey was lost in a freak accident," 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, "All Blacks tweaking tackle technique to avoid paying penalty," 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., "Chelsea: Why Blues Fans Should Remain Upbeat Despite 4-0 Defeat to Manchester United," 13 Aug. 2019

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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 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sixpence

: a coin formerly used in Britain that was worth six pennies


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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