Definition of three–halfpence
1 : the sum of three halfpence : a penny and a half
2 : a small English silver coin of Queen Elizabeth I (16th century) worth 11⁄2 pennies; also : a silver coin struck in the 19th century under William IV and Queen Victoria for the colonies
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of three–halfpence
Middle English threhalpenys, from three, thre three + halpenys, halfpenys, plural of halpeny, halfpeny, halfpenny
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up three–halfpence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).