What does shilling mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term shilling:

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

  4. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shilling

    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.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Shilling

    This silver coin was of considerable value to our ancestors, who always sounded it as a test of its genuineness. Hence, as the “ringing coin,” the Anglo-Saxons gave it the name of scilling, which, like the modern German schilling, is derived from the verb schallen, to sound.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shilling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shilling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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