penny


penny
penny pen‧ny [ˈpeni] noun [countable]
1. abbreviation p pence PLURALFORM a unit of money used in Britain since 1971. There are 100 pence in one pound:

• It only costs a few pence.

• a 20 pence piece (= coin worth 20 pence )

2. pennies PLURALFORM a small coin, used in Britain since 1971, worth one hundredth of a pound:

• a bag of pennies

3. pennies PLURALFORM in the US and Canada, a small coin worth one cent (one hundredth of a dollar)

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penny UK US /ˈpeni/ noun [C]
(plural pence, pennies) (also p) ABBREVIATION MONEY the smallest unit of money used in the UK. There are 100 pence in one pound (= the currency of the UK): »

a 20/50p piece

»

Shares in the rival group are up 7 pence at 638p.

(plural pennies) MONEY in the US and Canada, a cent (= one hundredth of a dollar)
used in expressions to refer to a very small amount of money: »

We have never taken a penny of aid from federal government.

»

If you pay it back within six months, you won't pay a penny in interest.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • penny — penny …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • penny — [ peni ] n. m. • v. 1450; mot angl. ♦ Un penny, des pence [ pɛns ]. Monnaie anglaise, autrefois le douzième du shilling; depuis l adoption du système décimal, le centième de la livre. « gigotant d un mauvais pied pour un penny, pour deux pences… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • PENNY — ist: eine alte Währungseinheit und Münze im englischen Sprachraum, siehe Penny (Münze) eine davon abgeleitete Bezeichnung für amerikanische Cents Kurzbezeichnung für die englische Briefmarke One Penny Black, die ab 1840 ausgegeben wurde eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Penny — Pen*ny, n.; pl. {Pennies}or {Pence}. Pennies denotes the number of coins; pence the amount of pennies in value. [OE. peni, AS. penig, pening, pending; akin to D. penning, OHG. pfenning, pfenting, G. pfennig, Icel. penningr; of uncertain origin.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Penny — ist: eine alte Währungseinheit und Münze im englischen Sprachraum, siehe Penny (Münze) eine umgangssprachliche Bezeichnung für die 1 Cent Münze (Vereinigte Staaten) Kurzbezeichnung für die englische Briefmarke One Penny Black, die ab 1840… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • penny — ► NOUN (pl. pennies (for separate coins); pence (for a sum of money)) 1) a British bronze coin worth one hundredth of a pound. 2) a former British coin worth one twelfth of a shilling and 240th of a pound. 3) N. Amer. informal a one cent coin. ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Penny — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda La palabra inglesa Penny puede referirse a: Personajes ficticios Penny, un personaje de la comedia The Big Bang Theory. Penny, un personaje de la serie Lost. Penny Halliwell, personaje de ficción de la serie… …   Wikipedia Español

  • penny — O.E. pening, penig penny, from P.Gmc. *panninggaz (Cf. O.N. penningr, Swed. pänning, O.Fris. panning, M.Du. pennic, O.H.G. pfenning, Ger. Pfennig, not recorded in Gothic, where skatts is used instead), of unknown origin. The English coin was… …   Etymology dictionary

  • penny — [pen′ē] n. pl. for 1 a & b, pence; for 1 c, 2 4, pennies [ME peny < OE penig, pening, akin to Ger pfennig: < ? early WGmc borrowing < L pannus, cloth: see PAWN1] 1. in the United Kingdom and certain other countries, a) a monetary unit… …   English World dictionary

  • Penny — Pen ny, a. Worth or costing one penny. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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