pennyweight

[ pen-ee-weyt ]
/ ˈpɛn iˌweɪt /
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noun

(in troy weight) a unit of 24 grains or 1/20 of an ounce (1.56 grams). Abbreviation: dwt, pwt

Nearby words

  1. penny-wise,
  2. pennyboy,
  3. pennycress,
  4. pennyfarthing,
  5. pennyroyal,
  6. pennywort,
  7. pennyworth,
  8. penobscot,
  9. penobscot bay,
  10. penology

Origin of pennyweight

1350–1400; Middle English penyweight, Old English penega gewihte. See penny, weight

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British Dictionary definitions for pennyweight

pennyweight

/ (ˈpɛnɪˌweɪt) /

noun

a unit of weight equal to 24 grains or one twentieth of an ounce (Troy)
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Word Origin and History for pennyweight

pennyweight

n.

Old English penega gewiht, originally the weight of a silver penny; see penny + weight (n.).

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