Definitions for shillingˈʃɪl ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shil•lingˈʃɪl ɪŋ(n.)

  1. a coin and former monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the 20th part of a pound, equal to 12 pence: discontinued after decimalization in 1971. Abbr.: s.

    Category: Numismatics

  2. a former monetary unit of various other nations orig. settled or colonized by Great Britain.

    Category: Numismatics

  3. the basic monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

    Category: Numismatics

  4. any of various coins and moneys of account formerly used in parts of the U.S.

    Category: Numismatics

  5. Category: Printing

    Ref: virgule.

Origin of shilling:

bef. 900; ME; OE scilling, c. OFris, OS, OHG skilling, ON skillingr, Go skillings

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ugandan shilling, shilling(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents

  2. Tanzanian shilling, shilling(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents

  3. Somalian shilling, shilling(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents

  4. Kenyan shilling, shilling(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents

  5. British shilling, shilling, bob(noun)

    a former monetary unit in Great Britain

  6. shilling(noun)

    an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shilling(noun)

    a silver coin, and money of account, of Great Britain and its dependencies, equal to twelve pence, or the twentieth part of a pound, equivalent to about twenty-four cents of the United States currency

  2. Shilling(noun)

    in the United States, a denomination of money, differing in value in different States. It is not now legally recognized

  3. Shilling(noun)

    the Spanish real, of the value of one eight of a dollar, or 12/ cets; -- formerly so called in New York and some other States. See Note under 2


  1. Shilling

    The shilling is a unit of currency formerly used in Britain and some current and former British Commonwealth countries. The word shilling comes from scilling, an accounting term that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times where it was deemed to be the value of a cow in Kent or a sheep elsewhere. The word is thought to derive from the base skell-, "to ring/resound" and the diminutive suffix -ling. The slang term for a shilling as a currency unit was a "bob". The abbreviation for shilling is s, from the Latin solidus, the name of a Roman coin. Often it was informally represented by a slash, standing for a long s: e.g., "1/6" would be 1 shilling and sixpence, often pronounced "one and six". A price with no pence would be written with a slash and a dash, e.g., "11/-". Quite often a triangle or apostrophe would be used to give a neater appearance, e.g., "1'6" and "11'-". In Africa it is often abbreviated sh. During the Great Recoinage of 1816, the mint was instructed to coin one troy pound of standard silver into 66 shillings, or its equivalent in other denominations. This effectively set the weight of the shilling, and its subsequent decimal replacement 5 new pence coin, at 87.2727 grains or 5.655 grams from 1816 to 1990, when a new smaller 5p coin was introduced.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'shilling' in Nouns Frequency: #2995

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in Britain until 1971, a coin worth one-twentieth of `1.

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