Pronunciation: (tup'uns), [key]
—pl. -pence, -pen•ces for 2–4.
1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Brit.a sum of two pennies.
2. a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued after decimalization in 1971.
3. a former copper coin of Great Britain, equal to two pennies, issued under George III.
4. a former silver coin of England, equal to two pennies: issued only as maundy money after 1662.
5. a trifle. Also,tuppence.
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