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sterling

[stur-ling] /ˈstɜr lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or noting British money:
The sterling equivalent is #5.50.
2.
(of silver) having the standard fineness of 0.925.
3.
made of silver of this fineness:
a sterling teapot.
4.
thoroughly excellent:
a man of sterling worth.
noun
5.
British currency.
6.
the standard of fineness for gold and silver coin in the United Kingdom, 0.91666 for gold and 0.500 for silver.
7.
Also called sterling silver. silver having a fineness of 0.925, now used especially in the manufacture of table utensils, jewelry, etc.
8.
manufactured articles of sterling silver.
9.
sterling flatware.
Origin of sterling
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English: name of a silver coin (see star, -ling1), with reference to the little star on some of the mintages
Related forms
sterlingly, adverb
sterlingness, noun
Synonyms
4. noble, honorable, worthy, first-rate.

Sterling

[stur-ling] /ˈstɜr lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a city in NW Illinois.
2.
a city in NE Colorado.
3.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for sterling

sterling

/ˈstɜːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. British money: pound sterling
  2. (as modifier): sterling reserves
2.
the official standard of fineness of British coins: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925
3.
  1. short for sterling silver
  2. (as modifier): a sterling bracelet
4.
an article or articles manufactured from sterling silver
5.
a former British silver penny
adjective
6.
(prenominal) genuine and reliable; first-class: sterling quality
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old English steorrastar + -ling1; referring to a small star on early Norman pennies; related to Old French esterlin

Sterling

/ˈstɜːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
Peter. born 1960, Australian rugby league player: played 18 matches for Australia (1982–88)
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Word Origin and History for sterling

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.

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