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noun (1)

ˈēstərliŋ -təl-,
plural -s
: 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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noun (2)

plural -s
or easterling penny : a medieval English silver coin
: the weight of an easterling : pennyweight : ¹/₂₀ ounce

Word History


Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of easterling was in the 14th century

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“Easterling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easterling. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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