threepence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n threepence former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom equal to three pennies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Threepence A small silver coin of three times the value of a penny.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n threepence A current English silver coin of the value of three pennies (6 cents), issued by Queen Victoria. Usually called threepenny-piece or threepenny. A silver coin of the same denomination was coined by Edward VI. and by subsequent sovereigns till 1662, from which time till the reign of Victoria the threepence was struck only as maundy money and not for general circulation.
    • n threepence The sum or amount of three pennies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Threepence (thrē′pens, coll. thrip′ens) three pennies: a silver coin of the value of threepence
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. þreó, þrý, þír; Ice. þrír, Gael. tri, Goth. threis, Ger. drei, L. tres, Gr. treis, Sans. tri.

Usage

In literature:

There he should have had supper; he had threepence left to get it with.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
You have annihilated threepence, or a week's school fees for half the family.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
Each dinner cost, therefore, a fraction less than threepence.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
An unboiled heel costs one shilling and threepence: so this glaze, which is very inferior in flavour to No.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
No man ever doubted that the commodity of tea could bear an imposition of threepence.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Emily gave him twopence, and Lucy gave him threepence.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
A cheap pair, that would see him out, come to threepence a week for three months.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Each scholar was paid threepence for his or her attendance, and guides were also paid for.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
They had actually earned a whole sovereign and threepence!
"Better than Play" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
He wants threepence a bushel more, and he will hold out till he gets it.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

He tells us of that glorious one,
I think his name was Washington,
How he did fight for liberty,
To save a threepence tax on tea.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
Everything is different in Africa.
Strange stars by night look down,
And threepence is called a tickey
And a florin’s like half-a-crown.
"Everything Is Different In Africa" by Cicely Fox Smith