What does sterling mean?

Definitions for sterling
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

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Sterling(noun)

    any English coin of standard value; coined money

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Sterling(noun)

    a certain standard of quality or value for money

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Mitch McConnell:

    President Trump has made a superb choice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive nominee who is extremely well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, judge Brett Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is widely admired for Judge Brett Kavanaugh intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has won the respect of Judge Brett Kavanaugh peers and is highly regarded throughout the legal community. And Judge Brett Kavanaugh judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic : Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written.

  2. Cem Karakas:

    This year's investments will exceed the 1.6 billion lira in 2015, in the snacks segment particularly, we want to expand our business by 17 percent each year in sterling (GBP) terms. To achieve this we need to invest in our capacity.

  3. Peter Fitzgerald:

    We have over the last five years, on balance, been short sterling. We have now moved from short sterling to long sterling.

  4. Richard Tice:

    It suits multinational banks to create volatility from which they can profit, a lower sterling is good for exports which is good for jobs and there is no inflation to worry about from imports, since deflation is the greater issue.

  5. Francis Ford Coppola:

    Robert Evans had strong instincts as evidenced by the long list of great films in Robert Evans career, when I worked with Bob, some of his helpful ideas included suggesting John Marley as Woltz and Sterling Hayden as the Police Captain, and John Marley as Woltz ultimate realization that' The Godfather' could be 2 hours and 45 minutes in length ; also, making a movie out of' The Cotton Club' — casting Richard Gere and Gregory Hines, and bringing Milena Canonero, George Faison, Richard Sylbert, and many other talented people to work on the film. May The Kid always stay in the picture.

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