threepence

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noun three·pence \ ˈthre-pən(t)s , ˈthri- , ˈthrə- , US also ˈthrē-pen(t)s \

Definition of threepence

plural threepence or threepences
1 :the sum of three pennies
Note: Threepence is usually used of three British pennies.
2 :a coin worth three pennies

First Known Use of threepence

1589


THREEPENCE Defined for English Language Learners

threepence

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Definition of threepence for English Language Learners

  • : a coin worth three pennies

  • : the sum of three British pennies


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