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shilling

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noun shil·ling \ˈshi-liŋ\

Simple Definition of shilling

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shilling

  1. 1a :  a former monetary unit of the United Kingdom equal to 12 pence or 120 poundb :  a former monetary unit equal to 120 pound of any of various countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations

  2. 2 :  a coin representing one shilling

  3. 3 :  any of several early American coins

  4. 4 — 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


SHILLING Defined for Kids

shilling

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noun shil·ling \ˈshi-liŋ\

Definition of shilling for Students

  1. :  an old British coin equal to 120 pound





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