follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

pennyweight

[pen-ee-weyt] /ˈpɛn iˌweɪt/
noun
1.
(in troy weight) a unit of 24 grains or 1/20 of an ounce (1.56 grams).
Abbreviation: dwt, pwt.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English penyweight, Old English penega gewihte. See penny, weight
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for penny-weight

pennyweight

/ˈpɛnɪˌweɪt/
noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to 24 grains or one twentieth of an ounce (Troy)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for penny-weight

pennyweight

n.

Old English penega gewiht, originally the weight of a silver penny; see penny + weight (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pennyweight

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for penny

10
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with penny-weight