Definition of Pennyweight

1. Noun. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 24 grains.

Generic synonyms: Troy Unit
Terms within: Grain
Group relationships: Apothecaries' Ounce, Ounce, Troy Ounce



Definition of Pennyweight

1. n. A troy weight containing twenty-four grains, or the twentieth part of an ounce; as, a pennyweight of gold or of arsenic. It was anciently the weight of a silver penny, whence the name.

Definition of Pennyweight

1. Noun. A former unit of mass equal to 24 grains, or 1/20th of a troy ounce ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pennyweight

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pennyweight

penny pinchers
penny stock
penny stocks
penny whistle
penny whistles
penny wise and pound foolish
pennyante
pennycress
pennycresses
pennyfee
pennyfees
pennying
pennyroyal
pennyroyal oil
pennyroyals
pennyweight (current term)
pennyweights
pennywhistle
pennywhistles
pennywise
pennywort
pennyworth
pennyworths
pennyworts
penobsquisite
penoche
penoches
penological
penologically
penologies

Literary usage of Pennyweight

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1. The Mimic World and Public Exhibitions: Their History, Their Morals, and Effects by Olive Logan (1871)
"The True Story of Mr. Alfred pennyweight.—The Elegant Young Society Beau ... A very ludicrous history is that of Mr. Alfred pennyweight—whom it was my ..."

2. Political and Official Papers by John Pendleton Kennedy (1872)
"... for each pennyweight; I lie pieces of forty and twenty francs of France, at ninety-two cents and ninety-two hundredths of a cent for each pennyweight; ..."

3. Henley's Twentieth Century Forrmulas, Recipes and Processes: Containing Ten by Gardner Dexter Hiscox (1914)
"Gold coin, 1 pennyweight; pure copper, 8 grains; pure silver, 5 grains; brass, ... Gold of 22 carats, 1 pennyweight; silver, 2 grains; copper, 1 grain. ..."

4. Report of the Monetary Commission of the Indianapolis Convention of Boards by James Laurence Laughlin (1898)
"... at the following rates: Gold coins of Great Britain and Portugal, Ioo cents fur every 27 grains, or 88 8-9 cents per pennyweight; gold coins of France, ..."

5. The Victoria Post Office Directory (1869)
"... farmer Leary James, shoemaker Lewis William, fanner Life Maria, schoolmistress Low Rev. Jas., Presby. minister MARTIN J as., miner, pennyweight ..."

6. The Diamond pocket dictionary of the holy Bibleby William Gurney by William Gurney (1839)
"... sheke 1 pennyweight and 10 ..... 2-7ths; hut their talent «d in weighing other ... pennyweight ..."

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