Definition of pence in English:


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Pronunciation: /pɛns


Both pence and pennies have existed as plural forms of penny since at least the 16th century. The two forms now tend to be used for different purposes: pence refers to sums of money ( five pounds and sixty-nine pence ) while pennies refers to the coins themselves ( I left two pennies on the table ). The use of pence rather than penny as a singular ( the chancellor will put one pence on income tax ) is not regarded as correct in standard English.

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