Definition and Meanings for sterling

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Sterling is ranked 36,240 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of sterling

noun, adjective

Etymology of sterling

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. easterlings, because they lie east in respect of us.holinshed. 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 perfecti

Meaning of sterling


as noun

  • same as starling, 3.

as noun

  • any english coin of standard value; coined money.
  • a certain standard of quality or value for money.

as adjective

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No antonyms for sterling

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