Peter's pence

or Peter pence


an annual tax or tribute, originally of a penny, paid by certain English property owners to the papal see until the Reformation.
a voluntary contribution to the pope, made by Roman Catholics.

Origin of Peter's pence

1175–1225; Middle English Peteres peni (singular) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for peter's pence

Peter's pence

Peter pence


an annual tax, originally of one penny, formerly levied for the maintenance of the Papal See: abolished by Henry VIII in 1534
a voluntary contribution made by Roman Catholics in many countries for the same purpose

Word Origin for Peter's pence

C13: referring to St Peter, considered as the first pope

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