Origin of pence
noun, plural pen·nies, (especially collectively for 2, 3) pence.
Origin of penny
Examples from the Web for pence
Contemporary Examples of pence
But Pence, who was slated to keynote this conference in just a few minutes?
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.
Pence, with his thick mane of hair and thick build, looks great on a flier.
Republicans, she said, are approaching the Pence camp to have another look.
Much of the praise of Pence is in this vein—he will not embarrass us.
Historical Examples of pence
And I am prepared to bet that on occasions they are less generous with their pence.
When she was dug out afterwards, the pence were found in her pocket.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
But to see her face as he poured the shillings and sixpences and pence into her lap!At the Back of the North Wind
Already the Duke of St. James began to think of pounds, shillings, and pence.The Young Duke
And as they say, 'Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.'Expositions of Holy Scripture
noun plural pennies or pence (pɛns)
Word Origin for penny
late 14c., contraction of penies, collective plural of penny.
Old English pening, penig, Northumbrian penning "penny," from Proto-Germanic *panninggaz (cf. Old Norse penningr, Swedish pänning, Danish penge, Old Frisian panning, Old Saxon pending, Middle Dutch pennic, Dutch penning, Old High German pfenning, German Pfennig, not recorded in Gothic, where skatts is used instead), of unknown origin.
Offa's reformed coinage on light, broad flans is likely to have begun c.760-5 in London, with an awareness of developments in Francia and East Anglia. ... The broad flan penny established by Offa remained the principal denomination, with only minor changes, until the fourteenth century. [Anna Gannon, "The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage," Oxford, 2003]
The English coin was originally set at one-twelfth of a shilling and was of silver, later copper, then bronze. There are two plural forms: pennies of individual coins, pence collectively. In translations it rendered various foreign coins of small denomination, especially Latin denarius, whence comes its abbreviation d.
As American English colloquial for cent, it is recorded from 1889. Penny-a-liner "writer for a journal or newspaper" is attested from 1834. Penny dreadful "cheap and gory fiction" dates from c.1870. Phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish is recorded from c.1600. Penny-pincher "miserly person" is recorded from 1906 (as an adjective penny-pinching is recorded from 1858, American English). Penny loafers attested from 1960.
In addition to the idioms beginning with penny
- penny for your thoughts, a
- penny pincher
- penny saved is a penny earned, a
- penny wise and pound foolish
- in for a penny, in for a pound
- pinch pennies
- pretty penny
- turn up (like a bad penny)