British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK
greatest, sterling(a), superlative(adj)
highest in quality
the currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound
former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.
sterling silver, or articles made from this material
of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage
of, relating to, or made from sterling silver
A Scottish surname, variant of Stirling.
An English surname, thought to be a variant of Starling.
transferred from the surnames.
same as Starling, 3
any English coin of standard value; coined money
a certain standard of quality or value for money
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
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.]
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'sterling' in Nouns Frequency: #2158
The numerical value of sterling in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of sterling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of sterling in a Sentence
Sterling had that venture higher to $1.30 in late October and has eased since then.
What does that do to pound sterling? what does that do to business, and business transactions?
Unsurprisingly this was all too much for sterling to handle and cable dropped below 1.32 (dollars).
Propriety was a rigid master, but one that must be obeyed if one wanted to keep a sterling reputation.
Sterling/dollar has weakened in line with our view and we still see scope for further downside in the pair.
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Translations for sterling
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- جنية استرلينيArabic
- lliura, lliura esterlina, esterlíCatalan, Valencian
- libra esterlinaSpanish
- erinomainen, punta, laadukas, korkealaatuinenFinnish
- 英貨, 純銀, 法定純度, スターリングシルバーJapanese
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