- (countable) A penalty is a legal punishment for committing a crime.
- The penalty for his crime was to pay a fine.
- (countable) A peanlty is a punishment for breaking the rules.
- (finance, countable) A penalty is a payment forfeited if you make an early withdrawal from an account or an investment.
- (ice hockey, countable) A penalty is a punishment for breaking the rules of the game; usually, being removed from play for a while.
- A penalty was called when he tripped up his opponent.