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Definitions of sterling

  1. British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The standard of purity of British money. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. An old name in England for a penny: English money. "And Roman wealth in English sterling view."-Arbuthnot: standard; rate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Same as Starling, 3. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Any English coin of standard value; coined money. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A certain standard of quality or value for money. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Pertaining to British money of standard value; as, pounds sterling; having full value; genuine; as, sterling silver; of high merit; as, a man of sterling character. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. An epithet by which English money of account is distinguished, signifying that it is of the fixed or standard national value; as, a pound sterling, a shilling sterling, a penny sterling: according to a fixed standard; having a fixed and permanent value; "If my word be sterling yet in England."-Shak.: genuine; pure; of excellent quality; as, a work of sterling merit, a man of sterling wit or sense; "Do these foreign contemporaries of ours still exhibit, in their characters as men, something of that sterling nobleness, that union of majesty with meekness, which we must ever venerate in those our spiritual fathers ?"-Carlyle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Denoting English money; pure; genuine. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Having a standard of value or fineness established by the British government. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Of standard worth; genuine; pure; of excellent quality. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Of standard value; genuine; sound; of excellent quality. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for sterling

  1. " And in token of subjection and reverence, the said place in London shall pay yearly a mark sterling at Easter to the Bishop of Bethelem. – Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles by Daniel Hack Tuke
  2. She valued the sterling nature of the man. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
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