Translation of "penny" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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pennynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpen.i/ us /ˈpen.i/ plural pence p pennies

B1 plural p, pence or pennies abbreviation p the smallest unit of money in the UK, of which there are 100 in a pound, or a small coin worth this much. You use "pence" or, more informally, "p" when you are talking about the units of money and pennies when you are talking about the coins themselves.

便士(表示币值时用 pence 或在非正式场合也可用 p,而表示硬币本身时用 pennies)
Could you lend me 50 pence/50p please? 你能借给我50便士吗?
I found a ten/twenty/fifty pence piece (= a coin of this value) on the floor. 我在电话亭里捡到了一枚面值10/20/50便士的硬币。
I keep pennies and other small coins in a jar. 我把便士和其他小硬币放在一个罐子里。

plural pennies in the US and Canada, a cent or a coin of this value


plural pence or pennies also old penny, abbreviation d in the UK before 1971, a large coin. There were twelve pennies in a shilling.


plural pence or pennies used when talking about the smallest amount of money possible

Buy a TV now and it won't cost you a penny (= will cost nothing) for three months. 现在买一台电视,三个月不用花一分钱。
It was an expensive meal but worth every penny. 这顿饭很贵,但每分钱都很值。

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uk / -pen.i/ us / -pen.i/ UK

used in the past with numbers to show how many pence something cost

a fourpenny ice-cream 一份4便士的冰激凌

(Translation of “penny” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)