pence

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See also: pençe

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

14th century contraction of penies (pennies), collective plural of penny.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɛns/ (stressed), IPA(key): /pəns/ (unstressed and in compounds)
  • Rhymes: -ɛns

Noun[edit]

pence

  1. (UK) plural form of penny (the sub-unit of the pound sterling).

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is the collective plural, used when referring to a sum of money, as in These apples are twenty pence each. When referring to several coins each worth one penny, the correct plural is pennies, as in I have one tenpence coin and three pennies.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ pence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).