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Definition of "penny" []

  • In the United States and Canada, the coin that is worth one cent. (noun)
  • A coin used in Great Britain since 1971, worth 1/100 of a pound. Also called new penny. (noun)
  • A coin formerly used in Great Britain, worth 1/12 of a shilling or 1/240 of a pound. (noun)
  • A coin formerly used in the Republic of Ireland, worth 1/100 of a pound. (noun)
  • A coin used in various dependent territories of the United Kingdom. (noun)
  • (in Britain) a bronze coin having a value equal to one hundredth of a pound (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (in Britain before 1971) a bronze or copper coin having a value equal to one twelfth of a shilling or one two-hundred-and-fortieth of a pound (noun)
  • A former monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland worth one hundredth of a pound (noun)
  • (in the US and Canada) a cent (noun)
  • A coin of similar value, as used in several other countries (noun)
  • The least amount of money (noun)

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Use "penny" in a sentence
  • "In the U.S. financial markets, the term penny stock commonly refers to any stock trading outside one of the major exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX), and is often considered pejorative."
  • "Bill Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada-Reno said the term penny slots is a misnomer because most wagers on the devices are much greater."
  • "I refer to his inclusion of the term penny dreadful."