three pence

threepence

[thrip-uhns, threp-, thruhp-; three-pens]
noun
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) British. a sum of three pennies.
2.
a former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, a quarter of a shilling, equal to three pennies: use phased out after decimalization in 1971.


Origin:
1580–90; three + pence

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