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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ninepence in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


nine +‎ pence


ninepence (plural ninepences)

  1. (obsolete, Britain) A former British silver coin, worth nine old pennies.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      His wits were sent him for a token, \ But in the carriage crack'd and broken. \ Like commendation nine-pence, crookt \ With—to and from my love—it lookt.
  2. (obsolete, Britain) Nine old pennies.
  3. (obsolete, New England) A Spanish real, valued at twelve and a half cents.

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