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[pen-ee-weyt] /ˈpɛn iˌweɪt/
(in troy weight) a unit of 24 grains or 1/20 of an ounce (1.56 grams).
Abbreviation: dwt, pwt.
Origin of pennyweight
1350-1400; Middle English penyweight, Old English penega gewihte. See penny, weight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He wanted but one thing now—and his whole kingdom did not weigh one pennyweight against it.

    One Day Anonymous
  • Of course I have 'counted the cost,'—I have weighed the question to a pennyweight!

  • An ounce is valued at eighteen dollars, a pennyweight at ninety cents, and so on.

  • It draws at sixty pounds—not a pennyweight too much for a man of your inches.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • You shall stand on your conditions now; you shall have your pennyweight and full advantage, and the rigour of the pact.

    Count Hannibal Stanley J. Weyman
  • A block of rock from the centre shaft showed 57 pennyweight to the ton.

    Through South Africa Henry M. Stanley
  • True, she has got no more than her deserts; she has paid for her success, every pennyweight of it, in hard work and self-denial.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • Gold of the same coin, and of Arabia, at five shillings the pennyweight.

  • "Gold's worth $21 an ounce and that's about a pennyweight, I guess," encouraged Archie.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • "Eighteen and a half ounces, if I'm a pennyweight," said the woodcock.

British Dictionary definitions for pennyweight


a unit of weight equal to 24 grains or one twentieth of an ounce (Troy)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pennyweight

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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