The silver thus deposited, is absolutely pure—finer, in fact, than any articles of sterling silver.
The spoon used should be of hard wood, sterling silver or porcelain.
Again came the laugh, merry and clear as the tinkle of sterling silver.
The inside of the car-doors had been stripped clean and polished to a high metal gleam that glowed like sterling silver.
The length and weight vary; the latter being marked in sterling silver coin, stamped on the arrow in plain figures.
These could be duplicated in cut glass and sterling silver at almost any price one wished to pay.
Neither had the sterling silver candlesticks on top of the sideboard been disturbed.
I have never served food in anything but sterling silver before,' said Madame.
c.1300, "silver penny," probably from Middle English sterre (see star (n.)), from the stars that appeared in the design of certain Norman coins, + diminutive suffix -ling. The other theory is that it derives from Old French estedre "stater" (see stater).
Sense broadened by 1560s to "money having the quality of the sterling," and c.1600 to "English money in general." A pound sterling was originally "a pound weight of sterlings," equal to about 240 of them.