pence

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See also: Pence and pençe

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

pence

  1. plural of penny (the subunit of the pound sterling or Irish pound).

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.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Arabic: بِنْس(bins)
  • Chinese:
  • Esperanto: penco
  • Hindi: पेन्स pl (pens)
  • Marathi: पेन्स pl (pensa)
  • Norwegian:
    • Norwegian Bokmål: pence pl
    • Norwegian Nynorsk: pence pl
  • Russian: пенс (pens)
  • Uyghur: پەنس(pens)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “pence”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pence m

  1. indefinite plural of penny