Definition of shilling
1a : a former monetary unit of the United Kingdom equal to 12 pence or 1⁄20 poundb : a former monetary unit equal to 1⁄20 pound of any of various countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth of Nations
2 : a coin representing one shilling
3 : any of several early American coins
4 the basic monetary unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda — see money table
Recent Examples of shilling from the Web
Currently available only in Kenya — a country where the innovative payment plan arguably has the biggest impact — the cheaper version of these two solar systems retails for 2,500 KES, or Kenyan shillings (that’s roughly $29).
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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of shilling for English Language Learners
: 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
SHILLING Defined for Kids
Definition of shilling for Students
: an old British coin equal to 1⁄20 pound
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