Definition of Peter's penny in English:

Peter's penny

(also Peter penny, Peter pence, Peter's pence)


  • 1An annual tax of one penny from each householder having land of a certain value, paid in England until the Reformation to the papal see at Rome; = hearth-penny. In later use usually in plural Now historical.

  • 2Roman Catholic Church. In plural: (since 1860) a voluntary contribution to the papal treasury.


Middle English. In some forms from the genitive of the name of St Peter + penny, in reference to the claim of the See of Rome to the patrimony of St Peter. In some forms from the name of St Peter + penny.


Peter's penny

/ˌpiːtəz ˈpɛni/