noun ster·ling \ˈstər-liŋ\

: silver that is 92 percent pure

: British money

Full Definition of STERLING

:  British money
:  sterling silver or articles of it

Examples of STERLING

  1. a drop in the value of sterling

Origin of STERLING

Middle English, silver penny, probably from Old English *steorling, from Old English steorra star + 1-ling — more at star
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with STERLING



: made of silver that is 92 percent pure

: very good

Full Definition of STERLING

a :  of, relating to, or calculated in terms of British sterling
b :  payable in sterling
a of silver :  having a fixed standard of purity usually defined legally as represented by an alloy of 925 parts of silver with 75 parts of copper
b :  made of sterling silver
:  conforming to the highest standard <sterling character> <a sterling record of achievement>
ster·ling·ly adverb
ster·ling·ness noun

Examples of STERLING

  1. a sterling example of democracy at work
  2. <credited the win to the pitcher's sterling performance on the mound>

First Known Use of STERLING

15th century

Related to STERLING

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, excellent, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched


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