threepence

[thrip-uh ns, threp-, thruhp-; three-pens]
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noun

(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of three pennies.
a former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, a quarter of a shilling, equal to three pennies: use phased out after decimalization in 1971.

Nearby words

  1. three-way,
  2. three-way bulb,
  3. three-wheeler,
  4. threefold,
  5. threep,
  6. threepenny,
  7. threepenny bit,
  8. threes and eights,
  9. threescore,
  10. threesome


Origin of threepence

First recorded in 1580–90; three + pence

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