plural three-halfpence or three-halfpences
: the sum of three halfpence : a penny and a half
: 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

Word History


Middle English threhalpenys, from three, thre three + halpenys, halfpenys, plural of halpeny, halfpeny, halfpenny

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“Three-halfpence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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