penny (senses & ): used also in compounds [twopence]
Origin of penceMiddle English pens, contr. of penies, plural of peny, penny
A plural of penny1.
- (UK) plural form of penny (the sub-unit of the pound sterling).
- This is the collective plural, used when referring to a sum of money, as in These apples are twenty pence each. When referring to several coins each worth one penny, the correct plural is pennies, as in I have one tenpence coin and three pennies.
14th century contraction of penies (“pennies”), collective plural of penny.