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Meaning of STERLING

Pronunciation:  'sturleeng

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK

STERLING is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: money



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ster"ling\, n. (Engin.)
    Same as {Starling}, 3.
  2. \Ster"ling\, n. [OE. sterlynge, starling, for
    easterling, LL. esterlingus, probably from Easterling, once
    the popular name of German trades in England, whose money was
    of the purest quality: cf. MHG. sterlink a certain coin. Cf.
    {East}. ``Certain merchants of Norwaie, Denmarke, and of
    others those parties, called Ostomanni, or (as in our vulgar
    language we tearme them), easterlings, because they lie east
    in respect of us.'' --Holinshed. ``In the time of . . . King
    Richard the First, monie coined in the east parts of Germanie
    began to be of especiall request in England for the puritie
    thereof, and was called Easterling monie, as all inhabitants
    of those parts were called Easterlings, and shortly after
    some of that countrie, skillful in mint matters and allaies,
    were sent for into this realme to bring the coine to
    perfection; which since that time was called of them
    sterling, for Easterling.'' --Camden. ``Four thousand pound
    of sterlings.'' --R. of Gloucester.]
    1. Any English coin of standard value; coined money.
             So that ye offer nobles or sterlings. --Chaucer.
             And Roman wealth in English sterling view.
    2. A certain standard of quality or value for money.
             Sterling was the known and approved standard in
             England, in all probability, from the beginning of
             King Henry the Second's reign.        --S. M. Leake.
  3. \Ster"ling\, a.
    1. 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. ``With sterling money.'' --Shak.
    2. Genuine; pure; of excellent quality; conforming to the
       highest standard; of full value; as, a work of sterling
       merit; a man of sterling good sense.