apiece

[uh-pees]

adverb

for each piece, thing, or person; for each one; each: We ate an orange apiece. The cakes cost a dollar apiece.

Nearby words

  1. apicomplexan,
  2. apicotomy,
  3. apiculate,
  4. apiculture,
  5. apiculus,
  6. apiezon,
  7. aping,
  8. apio,
  9. apiology,
  10. apis

Origin of apiece

First recorded in 1425–75, apiece is from the late Middle English word a pease. See a2, piece

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British Dictionary definitions for apiece

apiece

adverb

(postpositive) for, to, or from each onethey were given two apples apiece
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Word Origin and History for apiece

apiece

adv.

1550s, a contraction of a pece (mid-15c.), originally of coins, objects for sale, etc. (see a (2) + piece (n.)).

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