shekel

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noun shek·el \ ˈshe-kəl \
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Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of shekel

plural shekels or shekalim play \she-ˈkä-lim\ or shekelim play \shē-ˈkā-lim\ or sheqalim play \she-ˈkä-lim\
1 a :any of various ancient units of weight; especially :a Hebrew unit equal to about 252 grains troy
b :a unit of value based on a shekel weight of gold or silver
2 :a coin weighing one shekel
3 shekels plural, informal :money
  • … making boxing history in the ring in New York, Chicago and wherever else fans … were willing to unburden themselves of substantial sums of shekels for the pleasure of seeing two guys vent their nastiness on each other.
  • —Pete Coutros
4 the basic monetary unit of Israel — see Money Table

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Origin and Etymology of shekel

Hebrew sheqel

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SHEKEL Defined for English Language Learners

shekel

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Definition of shekel for English Language Learners

  • : the basic unit of money in Israel


SHEKEL Defined for Kids

shekel

noun shek·el \ ˈshe-kəl \

Definition of shekel for Students

:a bill or coin used in Israel


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