# Pence vs. Cent: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 3, 2023
"Pence" is the plural of "penny" and is used to describe a unit of currency in the United Kingdom. "Cent" is a unit of currency in the United States and many other countries, and it is one-hundredth of a dollar.

## Key Differences

Pence is used in the United Kingdom as a unit of currency that is a division of the British pound. Cent is employed in the United States and other countries that use the dollar, functioning as a subdivision of the dollar itself.
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In terms of monetary value, one pence is 1/100th of a British pound. Similarly, one cent is 1/100th of a dollar. The basic mathematical principle is the same, although the parent currencies are different.
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While pence is considered the plural form of the British "penny," "cent" remains unchanged in both singular and plural forms. The term "cents" is used to signify multiple units of "cent," adding an extra layer of grammatical distinction between the two terms.
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In everyday parlance, pence is often used in discussions about prices or costs in the UK. Cent is equally ubiquitous in daily transactions in countries like the United States, especially in dialogue concerning low-cost items.
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From a linguistic point of view, "pence" can sometimes be confusing because it serves as both singular and plural, depending on the context. "Cent," however, maintains more straightforward grammatical rules, being consistent in its singular and plural forms ("cent" and "cents").
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## Comparison Chart

### Country of Use

United Kingdom
United States and others
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British Pound
Dollar
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### Plurality

Both Singular and Plural
Singular (Plural is "Cents")
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### Fractional Value

1/100th of a Pound
1/100th of a Dollar
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Common in the UK
Common in the US
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## Pence and Cent Definitions

#### Pence

Plural of penny
He has five pence in his pocket.
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#### Cent

Part of dollar-based currency systems
Cents are used in multiple countries.
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#### Pence

Part of the British currency system
Pence is a subdivision of the pound.
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#### Cent

Used in everyday language
I found a cent on the street.
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#### Pence

A British monetary unit
A candy bar costs 50 pence.
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#### Cent

Smallest subdivision of the U.S. dollar
One dollar is equal to 100 cents.
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#### Pence

Commonly used in retail pricing
The tag said the price was 99 pence.
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#### Cent

A U.S. monetary unit
A stamp costs 55 cents.
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#### Pence

Used in everyday language
I need to find some pence for the parking meter.
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#### Cent

Commonly used in retail pricing
The item is priced at 99 cents.
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#### Pence

A plural of penny1.
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#### Cent

A unit of currency equal to 1/100 of various currencies, including the US dollar and the euro.
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#### Pence

Plural of penny(the subunit of the pound sterling or Irish pound).
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#### Cent

(money) A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the main unit of currency in many countries. Symbol: ¢.
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#### Cent

(informal) A small sum of money.
He blew every last cent.
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#### Cent

(money) A subunit of currency equal to one-hundredth of the euro.
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#### Cent

(money) A coin having face value of one cent (in either of the above senses).
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#### Cent

(music) A hundredth of a semitone or half step.
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#### Cent

(nuclear physics) A unit of reactivity equal to one hundredth of a dollar.
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#### Cent

Abbreviation of century
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#### Cent

Abbreviation of centumOne hundred.
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#### Cent

Abbreviation of center
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#### Cent

A hundred; as, ten per cent, the proportion of ten parts in a hundred.
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#### Cent

A United States coin, the hundredth part of a dollar, formerly made of copper, now of copper, tin, and zinc.
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#### Cent

An old game at cards, supposed to be like piquet; - so called because 100 points won the game.
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#### Cent

A fractional monetary unit of several countries
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#### Cent

A coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
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## FAQs

#### Is cent plural or singular?

Cent is singular, and the plural form is "cents."
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#### How is pence abbreviated?

Pence is commonly abbreviated as "p."
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#### What is pence?

Pence is a unit of currency in the United Kingdom, a subdivision of the British pound.
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#### Is pence used in formal settings?

Yes, pence is used in both formal and informal settings in the UK.
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#### Is pence plural or singular?

Pence can serve as both plural and singular, depending on the context.
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#### What is cent?

Cent is a unit of currency in the United States, a subdivision of the dollar.
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#### Is pence used outside the UK?

Pence is primarily associated with the British currency system.
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#### Is cent used outside the U.S.?

Yes, cent is used in other countries that also have a dollar-based currency.
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#### What is the value of a pence?

One pence is 1/100th of a British pound.
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#### Are pence and cent equivalents?

No, they are parts of different currency systems.
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#### What's the plural of cent?

The plural form of cent is "cents."
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#### Is cent used in formal settings?

Yes, cent is used in both formal and informal settings in the U.S. and other countries that use dollars.
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#### How is cent abbreviated?

Cent is commonly abbreviated as "¢."
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#### What is the value of a cent?

One cent is 1/100th of a dollar.
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#### What's the plural of pence?

Pence itself can serve as both singular and plural.
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