a seaport in SW Cornwall, in the SW extremity of England: resort. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of penzance

Historical Examples of penzance

  • The musical-box had burst into selections from The Pirates of Penzance.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

  • The mother church of Penzance is that of Madron a short distance away.

  • As the wind was south-west, we sailed straight for Penzance.

  • She, probably, not knowing what has happened to us, will stand on to Penzance.

  • His ardor had worn him out, and he was forced to take a holiday at Penzance.

    Historic Inventions

    Rupert S. Holland

British Dictionary definitions for penzance



a town in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the westernmost town in England; resort and fishing port. Pop: 20 255 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for penzance


place in Cornwall, Pensans (late 13c.), literally "Holy Headland," from Cornish penn "head" + sans "holy."

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