Ugandan shilling, shilling(noun)
the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents
Tanzanian shilling, shilling(noun)
the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents
Somalian shilling, shilling(noun)
the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents
Kenyan shilling, shilling(noun)
the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents
British shilling, shilling, bob(noun)
a former monetary unit in Great Britain
an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
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
in the United States, a denomination of money, differing in value in different States. It is not now legally recognized
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
Origin: [OE. shilling, schilling, AS. scilling; akin to D. schelling, OS. & OHG. scilling, G. schilling, Sw. & Dan. skilling, Icel. skillingr, Goth. skilliggs, and perh. to OHG. scellan to sound, G. schallen.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shil′ing, n. an English silver coin=12 pence.—Take the shilling, to enlist as a soldier by accepting the recruiting-officer's shilling—discontinued since 1879. [A.S. scilling; Ger. schilling.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'shilling' in Nouns Frequency: #2995
The numerical value of shilling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of shilling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Anybody caught in any future doping scandal will be jailed for three years or fined 3 million Kenyan shilling ($29,721) because we want to get rid of crooked people misleading our athletes from our midst.
There is no intrinsic worth in money but what is alterable with the times, and whether a guinea goes for twenty pounds or for a shilling, it is the labor of the poor and not the high and low value that is set on gold or silver, which all the comforts of life must arise from.
Kenya is known worldwide for her athletics prowess and this is why we recalled Parliament from recess to pass the anti-doping legislation because we want to run clean sports, anybody caught in any future doping scandal will be jailed for three years or fined 3 million Kenyan shilling ($29,721) because we want to get rid of crooked people misleading our athletes from our midst.
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