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

  • n. Two pennies regarded as a monetary unit.
  • n. A very small amount; a whit: didn't care twopence about politics.
  • n. Chiefly British A British coin worth two pennies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bronze British coin worth two pennies
  • n. A cost or value of two pennies
  • n. (by extension) A small amount or value

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small coin, and money of account, in England, equivalent to two pennies, -- minted to a fixed annual amount, for almsgiving by the sovereign on Maundy Thursday.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Great Britain, the sum or value of two pennies, or one sixth of a shilling.
  • n. An English silver coin, also called a half-groat, of the value of two pence (4 United States cents).
  • n. An English copper coin of the reign of George III., of the value of two pence, issued in 1797.

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

  • n. a former United Kingdom silver coin; United Kingdom bronze decimal coin worth two pennies


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