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[pen-zans] /pɛnˈzæns/
a seaport in SW Cornwall, in the SW extremity of England: resort. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The musical-box had burst into selections from The Pirates of Penzance.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The mother church of Penzance is that of Madron a short distance away.

    The Cornish Riviera Sidney Heath
  • As the wind was south-west, we sailed straight for Penzance.

  • She, probably, not knowing what has happened to us, will stand on to Penzance.

  • His ardor had worn him out, and he was forced to take a holiday at Penzance.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • So he went away, and they rowed him over to the Port, and he sailed to Penzance.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • In this way and by this train Armorel and Effie travelled to Penzance.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • If not too late, will you tell your uncle that I do not wish to delay a moment in Penzance.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • No: Brand and the two girls had not dwelt all the time in Penzance.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for Penzance


a town in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the westernmost town in England; resort and fishing port. Pop: 20 255 (2001)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Penzance

place in Cornwall, Pensans (late 13c.), literally "Holy Headland," from Cornish penn "head" + sans "holy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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