from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church See Peter's pence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. tax formerly laid in England on hearths, each hearth (in all houses paying the church and poor rates) being taxed at two shillings; -- called also chimney money, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see


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