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

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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Contemporary Examples of apiece

Historical Examples of apiece

  • There's no sense to it, any way,—sixteen sheep stood him in two dollars apiece.

  • I'll tell you what, I'll give you fifty cents apiece for the lot!

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Doyle or Galvin would charge ten dollars apiece for such in Boston.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • The first three prize-winners would be worth a clear 450 apiece.

  • Come, come, Susan Jane; there is two apiece, an' six fur company!

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

British Dictionary definitions for apiece



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

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

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