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shekel

noun, shek·el \ˈshe-kəl\

Simple Definition of shekel

  • : the basic unit of money in Israel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shekel

plural shekels also sheqels or shekelim \shē-ˈkā-lim\ or shekalim or sheqalim play \she-ˈkä-lim\

  1. 1a :  any of various ancient units of weight; especially :  a Hebrew unit equal to about 252 grains troyb :  a unit of value based on a shekel weight of gold or silver

  2. 2 :  a coin weighing one shekel

  3. 3 plural :  money

  4. 4 — see money table

Variants of shekel

also sheqel \ˈshe-kəl\

Origin of shekel

Hebrew sheqel


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Monetary Terms

Rhymes with shekel


SHEKEL Defined for Kids

shekel

noun shek·el \ˈshe-kəl\

Definition of shekel for Students

  1. :  a bill or coin used in Israel





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