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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
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  • He said be had sold the gold for forty cents a pennyweight.
British Dictionary definitions for pennyweight

pennyweight

/ˈpɛnɪˌweɪt/
noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to 24 grains or one twentieth of an ounce (Troy)
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Word Origin and History for pennyweight
n.

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

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