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See also: Pence and pençe

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pence

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

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.