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Maundy money

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːndimʌni
 
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Definition of Maundy money in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Specially minted silver coins distributed by the British sovereign on Maundy Thursday. The number of recipients and the face value in pence of the amount they each receive traditionally correspond to the number of years in the sovereign’s age.
Example sentences
  • The Queen went to her Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster, better known as Westminster Abbey, yesterday and distributed the Royal Maundy money… thereby continuing a custom which was begun in Yorkshire 791 years ago.
  • Born in Crosby in Merseyside and educated at Liverpool College, the 60-year-old father-of-two holds the post of Lord High Almoner, responsible for distributing the Queen's Maundy money.
  • Today the Queen handed out Maundy money to 76 male and 76 female pensioners at Caterbury Cathedral.

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