Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The monetary amount of twelve pence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shilling sterling, being about twenty-four cents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shilling.

Etymologies

twelve +‎ pence (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a vagrant in the "Hobo" of a California jail, I have been served better food and drink than the London workman receives in his coffee-houses; while as an American labourer I have eaten a breakfast for twelvepence such as the British labourer would not dream of eating.

    COFFEE-HOUSES AND DOSS-HOUSES

  • He counted the cost; when he was done with Mr Moss he would be left with twelvepence – halfpenny in the world.

    The Wrong Box

  • Come, come, young women, I keep a good fire; it costs me twelvepence a week, and I fear something more; vex me, and I will have one in my bed-chamber too.

    The Journal to Stella

  • Terrible rain to-day, but it cleared up at night enough to save my twelvepence coming home.

    The Journal to Stella

  • I have fires like lightning; they cost me twelvepence a week, beside small coal.

    The Journal to Stella

  • I write this while Patrick is folding up my scarf, and doing up the fire (for I keep a fire, it costs me twelvepence a week); and so be quiet till

    The Journal to Stella

  • Everything is going up, but most of us are still getting the wage we were hired at, which is a twelvepence a week.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • Sergeant McGivern had seen it happen and reported the man, and so on top of his marital troubles Thomas Cresacre would now lose fivepence from a day's pay of twelvepence.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • In 1452, a scholar of Haburdaysh Hall is imprisoned for using threatening language to a tailor, and is fined twelvepence and imprisoned; the tailor insults the prisoner and is fined six shillings and eightpence.

    Life in the Medieval University

  • They treated him both with meat and drink, seemed to commiserate his condition very much, and promised him that he should not want twelvepence a day, during the time in confinement.

    Lives of the Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences

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