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easterling

noun east·er·ling \ˈēstərliŋ -təl-, -təl-\

Definition of easterling

plural

-s

  1. :  a native of a country eastward of another —used especially of German merchants from Baltic cities who traded in England or competed with the English in foreign ports

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Origin and Etymology of easterling

Middle English esterling, from ester, estern eastern + -ling


First Known Use: 14th century


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easterling

noun east·er·ling \"\

Definition of easterling

plural

-s

  1. 1 or easterling penny :  a medieval English silver coin

  2. 2 :  the weight of an easterling :  pennyweight :  120 ounce

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Origin and Etymology of easterling

alteration (influenced by 1easterling) of sterling; from a belief that it was coined by german merchants from Baltic cities


First Known Use: 1598


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