from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A. sum of money of the value of 5 pennies English, or nearly 10 cents: often used of five cents, or the American five-cent piece or half-dime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A monetary amount of five pence.
  • noun A coin of this value.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a coin worth five cents


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five +‎ pence


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  • On one side was the familiar wreath with the word "fivepence" in the midst, with its Esperanto equivalent beneath, and on the other the profile of a man, with an inscription.

    Lord of the World Robert Hugh Benson 1892

  • But we were allowed only to "sub" fivepence of the total sum, though the tally-keeper, short of change, gave us sixpence.


  • On my return I paid fivepence for a "cabin," took my receipt for the same in the form of a huge brass check, and went upstairs to the smoking-room.


  • For fivepence a head, we have on these occasions donkey races with English ‘Jokeis,’ and other rustic sports; lotteries for toys; roundabouts, dancing on the grass to the music of an admirable band, fire-balloons and fireworks.

    Reprinted Pieces 2007

  • Omnibuses convey you, if you please, from a convenient part of the town to the beach and back again; you have a clean and comfortable bathing-machine, dress, linen, and all appliances; and the charge for the whole is half-a-franc, or fivepence.

    Reprinted Pieces 2007

  • Do you know that the sheet of advertisements alone, at fivepence a line, brought in five hundred francs last month?

    Two Poets 2007

  • Harfleur both by sea and land for five weeks; at the end of which time the town surrendered, and the inhabitants were allowed to depart with only fivepence each, and a part of their clothes.

    A Child's History of England 2007

  • Mrs. Catherine Weston of Ferryland Plaintiff on the 17th August last made Complaint upon Oath before Our Justices of our Court of Common pleas that William McDaniel of Ferryland planter is justly Indebted to her in the sum of One hundred and nine pounds four shillings and fivepence sterling being for the Amount of a Book-debt, and that he refuses payment thereof although thereunto frequently required.

    Gutenber-e Help Page 2005

  • Bossuet, as a sort of purchased slave, at the rate of fivepence a line.

    The Magic Skin 2007

  • Do you know that the sheet of advertisements alone, at fivepence a line, brought in five hundred francs last month?

    Two Poets 2007


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