noun \ˈshi-liŋ\

: a British coin used before 1971 that was equal to 1/20 of a British pound

: the basic unit of money in Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda

Full Definition of SHILLING

a :  a former monetary unit of the United Kingdom equal to 12 pence or 120 pound
b :  a former monetary unit equal to 120 pound of any of various countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations
:  a coin representing one shilling
:  any of several early American coins
— see money table

Origin of SHILLING

Middle English, from Old English scilling; akin to Old High German skilling, a gold coin
First Known Use: before 12th century


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