Word forms: pennies
Definitionslanguage note: The form pence is used for the plural of meaning [sense 1].
1. countable noun
In Britain, a penny is one hundredth of a pound, or a coin worth this amount of money. ⇒ Cider also goes up by a penny a pint while sparkling wine will cost another eight pence a bottle. ⇒ ...a shiny newly minted penny.
2. countable noun
A penny is a British coin used before 1971 that was worth one twelfth of a shilling.
3. countable noun
A penny is one cent, or a coin worth one cent. [US, informal] ⇒ Unleaded gasoline rose more than a penny a gallon.
4. singular noun If you say, for example, that you do not have a penny, or that something does not cost a penny, you are emphasizing that you do not have any money at all, or that something did not cost you any money at all. [emphasis] ⇒ From the day you arrive at my house, you need not spend a single penny. ⇒ The Brilliantons paid their rent on time and did not owe him a penny. ⇒ I asked her if he had given her any money. 'Not a penny.'
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