What does Sterling mean?

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ˈstɜr lɪŋSter·ling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterling(adj)

    British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK

  2. greatest, sterling(a), superlative(adj)

    highest in quality


  1. sterling(Noun)

    the currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound

  2. sterling(Noun)

    former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.

  3. sterling(Noun)

    sterling silver, or articles made from this material

  4. sterling(Adjective)

    of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage

  5. sterling(Adjective)

    of, relating to, or made from sterling silver

  6. sterling(Adjective)

    high quality

  7. Sterling(ProperNoun)

    A Scottish surname, variant of Stirling.

  8. Sterling(ProperNoun)

    An English surname, thought to be a variant of Starling.

  9. Sterling(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surnames.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sterling(noun)

    same as Starling, 3

  2. Sterling(noun)

    any English coin of standard value; coined money

  3. Sterling(noun)

    a certain standard of quality or value for money

  4. Sterling(adj)

    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

  5. Sterling(adj)

    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

  6. Origin: [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. Sterling

    Sterling, Virginia is a census-designated place in Loudoun County, Virginia. The population as of the 2010 Census was 27,822. It is located northwest of Herndon, east of Ashburn, and west of Great Falls, and includes part of Dulles International Airport and the former AOL corporate headquarters. Sterling is also home to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, as well as the Sterling Field Support Center, the National Weather Service test, research, and evaluation center for weather instruments.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sterling

    stėr′ling, adj. a designation of British money—pure, genuine, of good quality—also generally, of value or excellence, authoritative. [Orig. the name of a penny; prob. from the Hanse merchants or Easterlings ('men from the east'), from North Germany, who had probably the privilege of coining money in England in the 13th century.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sterling' in Nouns Frequency: #2158

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sterling in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sterling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Sterling in a Sentence

  1. Dana Boente:

    For his own vindictive purposes, Jeffrey Sterling carelessly disclosed extremely valuable, highly classified information that he had taken an oath to keep secret.

  2. Benjamin Haydon:

    The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence.

  3. Justice Department:

    This evidence suggests that Officer Salamoni fired his weapon when he believed that Sterling was going for his gun a second time, after Officer Lake had warned Sterling not to move, although the videos do not show Sterling's right hand at the time those shots were fired, they show that Sterling's right hand was not under Officer Salamoni's control. The evidence also cannot establish that Sterling was not reaching for a gun when Officer Salamoni yelled that Sterling was doing so.

  4. Jim Reid:

    The 30-year low is $1.373 seen in June 2001, so the whole 'Brexit' discussion is pushing us against what has been a well held level at around $1.40 that sterling has bounced off several times over the last three decades.

  5. Neil Mellor:

    Sterling had that venture higher to $1.30 in late October and has eased since then.

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