Definition of Sterling

1. Noun. British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK.

Generic synonyms: Money

2. Adjective. Highest in quality.
Exact synonyms: Greatest, Superlative
Similar to: Superior
Derivative terms: Superlative

Definition of Sterling

1. n. Same as Starling, 3.

2. n. Any English coin of standard value; coined money.

3. a. Belonging to, or relating to, the standard British money of account, or the British coinage; as, a pound sterling; a shilling sterling; a penny sterling; -- now chiefly applied to the lawful money of England; but sterling cost, sterling value, are used.

Definition of Sterling

1. Proper noun. A Scottish surname, variant of Stirling. ¹

2. Proper noun. An English surname, thought to be a variant of Starling. ¹

3. Proper noun. (surnames male given name) transferred from the surnames. ¹

4. Noun. the currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound ¹

5. Noun. former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925. ¹

6. Noun. sterling silver, or articles made from this material ¹

7. Adjective. of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage ¹

8. Adjective. of, relating to, or made from sterling silver ¹

9. Adjective. high quality ¹

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Definition of Sterling

1. British money [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sterling

sterling (current term)
sterling area
sterling bloc
sterling silver
stern chaser
stern chasers

Literary usage of Sterling

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1. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"During the war years overseas sterling holdings rose extremely fast, ... The trends In the sterling holdings of different regions since the war are shown in ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"£1 sterling. London receives from or give« to Amsterdam, 11"19 florins and ... Where (he quotation« in the above table are sterling with silver money tbe ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1885)
"Under the head of ' Metals' we have an importation of 16^ millions sterling, and under ' Chemicals, Oils, and Miscellaneous Articles,' 30 millions sterling, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The sterling type or face (see NUMISMATICS) consisted of a royal crowned head, some are full face, some are in profile; the reverse is wa large cross ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"His infantry and one brigade of cavalry, halted at Mt. sterling, while the other ... At Mt. sterling, they robbed the bank of about sixty thousand dollars, ..."

6. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1897)
"The programme of the meeting held at sterling December 2-3,1896, ... Miss Stella Birdsall, sterling; "How to Secure and Retain Good Evening session, 7:30. ..."

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