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

  • n. A coin worth three pennies, formerly used in Great Britain.
  • n. The sum of three pennies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount of money equal to that of three pennies (old or new).
  • n. A former (pre-decimalisation) British coin worth three old pennies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small silver coin of three times the value of a penny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A current English silver coin of the value of three pennies (6 cents), issued by Queen Victoria. Usually called threepenny-piece or threepenny.
  • n. The sum or amount of three pennies.

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

  • n. former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom equal to three pennies


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  • If you doubt the truth of this statement you have only to come round to my place, where you can see for yourself the threepence, which is still in my possession.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-02-25

  • Such seductive scraps of meat, which would make a breakfast nourishing as well as relishing, possibly even what called itself a dinner, blushing to see themselves labelled threepence or fourpence!

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • To bring the value of the precious metals nearer to a par, the Primate, Boulter, who was chiefly trusted by the British Government in the administration of Ireland, published a proclamation reducing the value of the gold coin threepence in each guinea.

    The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 2

  • Room and board, all the bread you care to carry home at the end of the day, and threepence a week.


  • While he gambled away copper threepence and silver solis on bad rolls, he listened to the talk at the table.


  • He only had threepence a week pocket-money and half a-crown seemed riches to him.


  • He said that every cat in the beginning of the world had ninepence and that it gave threepence to have nine lives, threepence to see in the dark, and threepence that we might leave it a plateful of milk every day.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • That the same authority which can force a citizen to contribute threepence only of his property for the support of any one establishment may force him to conform to any other establishment in all cases whatsoever?

    My Masterplan to Remove God from the U.S. Constitution « Publius the Geek

  • He had to give threepence for a copy of that paper.

    The War of The Worlds

  • When thoroughly hard they are filled with the same materials as plum puddings are made of, and when baked are sold at twopence, threepence and fourpence each.'

    Deddington Pudding-Pie, Oxfordshire


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