Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A former British silver coin, worth nine old pennies.
  • n. Nine old pennies.
  • n. A Spanish real, valued at twelve and a half cents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old English silver coin, worth nine pence.
  • n. A New England name for the Spanish real, a coin formerly current in the United States, as valued at twelve and a half cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sum of nine pennies.
  • n. In New England, a Spanish silver coin, the real (of Mexican plate), about equal in value to 9 pence of New England currency, or 12½ cents. The word is still occasionally used in reckoning.

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

  • n. a coin worth nine pennies

Etymologies

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nine +‎ pence

Examples

  • They have now been reduced to ninepence a word to Australia or eighteen cents.

    A State-Owned Atlantic Cable

  • "Shilling shockers" are sold at ninepence, which is as comical as selling "tenpenny nails" at sixpence.

    Without Prejudice

  • In one of the most curious and amusing of these pieces Lewis and his ministers are introduced, expressing the greatest alarm lest England should make herself the richest country in the world by the simple expedient of calling ninepence a shilling, and confidently predicting that, if the old standard were maintained, there would be another revolution.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 4

  • Andover schoolmates was taken to one of these gifted persons, who touched him, and hung a small bright silver coin, either a "fourpence ha'penny" or a "ninepence," about his neck, which, strange to say, after being worn

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • "ninepence," -- twelve and a half cents, and the "four pence ha'penny," -- six cents and a quarter.

    A New England girlhood, outlined from memory (Beverly, MA)

  • SRPC – A 91A is a burglary, BU is Boarding Up, H2H is House to House (enquiries) and 9d is “ninepence”.

    Another Day At The Office « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • This violet-maker handles each flower four times, 576 handlings for three farthings, and in the day she handles the flowers 6912 times for a wage of ninepence.

    DRINK, TEMPERANCE, AND THRIFT

  • The troops are regularly clothed and fed at West Point and most of the other posts, at the moderate rate of ninepence a ration when issued; so that the innumerable band of purchasing and issuing commissaries is discharged. . .

    Robert Morris

  • His maximum financial liability therefore, to each child, was ninepence per annum.

    Storyteller

  • You know how it can be when you enter a strange room - everything can look as safe and merry as ninepence, and yet there's something in the air that touches you like an electric shock.

    Fiancée

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