Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “penny”

See all translations

penny

noun [C] uk   /ˈpen.i/ ( plural pence , p or pennies) us  
B1 ( 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: Could you lend me 50 pence/50p please? I found a ten/twenty/fifty pence piece (= a coin of this value) on the floor. I keep pennies and other small coins in a jar. in the US and Canada, a cent or a coin of this value ( also old penny, abbreviation d) in Britain before 1971, a large coin. There were twelve pennies in a shilling . 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. It was an expensive meal but worth every penny.
More examples
(Definition of penny noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of penny?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “penny” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More