- n. Conversion to a decimal system.
- n. Specifically, conversion of the currency of the United Kingdom in 1971 from pounds, shillings and pence to a decimal system in which one pound was worth 100 new pence (later renamed simply pence).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. same as decimalization.
- n. the act of changing to a decimal system
“In a professional career that started after his demob from National Service in 1954 and ended in 1971 when Britain embraced decimalisation Cooper was twice named sports personality of the year and reigned longer than anyone else as British heavyweight champion.”
“It's 1971, the year of decimalisation and, more importantly, Alison's first summer.”
“An overhaul of all coinage in April, being billed as the most significant change to the currency since decimalisation, will see it replaced with a representation of modern Britain ...”
“The British pre-decimal penny was so big that it cost more than 1d to make (and had more than 1d of scrap metal in it) by the mid-60s, so the government started us on a five-year move towards decimalisation.”
“Yet we are told that under the most significant overhaul of coinage since decimalisation, she is to be replaced with a representation of modern Britain, whatever that may be.”
“I'm sure people resisted decimalisation but that happened - let's complete the task.”
“Wormleighton's post office closed when decimalisation came in - it was too much for the post mistress.”
“Before decimalisation, Britons were carrying great works of art around in their small change, says Simon Heffer.”
“His work was still passing through our hands right up until decimalisation, almost 70 years after his death.”
“The joke wasn't actually about decimalisation and it didn't take joke form as such - consisting of an allusion to a social innovation almost as unnerving to the British in its day as the disappearance of the shilling.”
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