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pence

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for pence

pence
/ (pɛns) /

noun
a plural of penny

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
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