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/ pɛns /

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noun British.

a plural of penny; used in referring to a sum of money rather than to the coins themselves (often used in combination): sixpence; The fare was 15 pence.

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Origin of pence

1275–1325; Middle English pens, pans

OTHER WORDS FROM pence

penceless, adjective

Words nearby pence

penance, Penang, penannular, Penates, pen-based, pence, pencel, penchant, penché, Penchi, pencil

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Example sentences from the Web for pence

  • But Pence, who was slated to keynote this conference in just a few minutes?

    Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016|David Freedlander|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Much of the praise of Pence is in this vein—he will not embarrass us.

    Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016|David Freedlander|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Pence told the crowd, however, that he had only first come to New York 13 years ago, at the age of 40, when he was a congressman.

    Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016|David Freedlander|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Pence, with his thick mane of hair and thick build, looks great on a flier.

    Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016|David Freedlander|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Republicans, she said, are approaching the Pence camp to have another look.

    Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016|David Freedlander|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Pence shivered, in spite of the rum, at the thought of again having to face his tempter.

    The Solitary Farm|Fergus Hume

  • Since 1898 there has been an upward movement of exchange, the average rate for 1905 having been very nearly 16 pence.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4|Various

  • Pence, in his simplicity, could not think that any man could ask another to kill a third in cold blood.

    The Solitary Farm|Fergus Hume

  • “St. Richard’s Pence” afterwards became a fruitful source of income.

    The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield

  • Nikolai would like to have taken tickets for the whole thing; but the pence he had about him were only enough for the garden.

    One of Life’s Slaves|Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie

British Dictionary definitions for pence

pence

/ (pɛns) /

noun

usage for pence

Since the decimalization of British currency and the introduction of the abbreviation p, as in 10p, 85p, etc, the abbreviation has tended to replace pence in speech, as in 4p (ˌfɔːˈpiː), 12p (ˌtwɛlvˈpiː), etc

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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