[ pen-ee ]

noun,plural pen·ni·a [pen-ee-uh], /ˈpɛn i ə/, pen·nis.
  1. an aluminum coin of Finland until the euro was adopted, one 100th of a markka.

Origin of penni

First recorded in 1890–95; from Finnish, from Low German pennigpenny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use penni in a sentence

  • After the habitat he adds: "Color Tetricis feminae; vertex subcristatus; a tergo colli duae parvae alae: singulae pennis quinque."

    Extinct Birds | Walter Rothschild
  • If my brothers will follow me they shall see the toldo of a chief in which they shall be received like pennis.

    The Adventurers | Gustave Aimard
  • The standard coin is the mark, which equals a franc, and which contains ten pennis.

    Through Arctic Lapland | Cutcliffe Hyne

British Dictionary definitions for penni


/ (ˈpɛnɪ) /

nounplural -niä (-nɪə) or -nis
  1. a former Finnish monetary unit worth one hundredth of a markka

Origin of penni

Finnish, from Low German pennig penny

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