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n. Chiefly British
A plural of penny1.
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(Currencies) a plural of penny
Usage: Since the decimalization of British currency and the introduction of the abbreviation p, as in 10p, 85p, etc, the abbreviation has tended to replace pence in speech, as in 4p (ˌfɔːˈpiː) , 12p (ˌtwɛlvˈpiː) , etc
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Brit. a pl. of penny; used in referring to a sum of money rather than to the coins themselves (often used in combination): sixpence.
[1275–1325; Middle English pens, pans]
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