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pence

[pens] /pɛns/
noun, British
1.
a plural of penny; used in referring to a sum of money rather than to the coins themselves (often used in combination):
sixpence; The fare was 15 pence.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English pens, pans
Related forms
penceless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for penceless

pence

/pɛns/
noun
1.
a plural of penny
Usage note
Since the decimalization of British currency and the introduction of the abbreviation p, as in 10p, 85p, etc, the abbreviation has tended to replace pence in speech, as in 4p ˌfɔːˈpiː, 12p ˌtwɛlvˈpiː, etc
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Word Origin and History for penceless

pence

n.

late 14c., contraction of penies, collective plural of penny.

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