noun shek·el \ˈshe-kəl\

: the basic unit of money in Israel

plural shekels also sheqels or shek·el·im \shē-ˈkā-lim\ or shek·a·lim or sheq·a·lim \she-ˈkä-lim\

Full Definition of SHEKEL

a :  any of various ancient units of weight; especially :  a Hebrew unit equal to about 252 grains troy
b :  a unit of value based on a shekel weight of gold or silver
:  a coin weighing one shekel
plural :  money
— see money table

Variants of SHEKEL

shek·el also sheq·el \ˈshe-kəl\

Origin of SHEKEL

Hebrew sheqel
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Monetary Terms

clad, legend, numismatic, obverse, reverse, scrip, series, specie

Rhymes with SHEKEL

SHEKELIM Defined for Kids


noun shek·el \ˈshe-kəl\

Definition of SHEKEL for Kids

:  a bill or coin used in Israel


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