noun (1)
east·​er·​ling | \ ˈēstərliŋ -təl-, -tᵊl- \
plural -s

Definition of easterling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


noun (2)
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plural -s

Definition of easterling (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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First Known Use of easterling

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for easterling

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

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“Easterling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easterling. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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