shekel

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noun shek·el \ˈshe-kəl\
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Definition of shekel

plural

shekels

or

shekalim

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shekelim

play \shē-ˈkā-lim\ or

sheqalim

\she-ˈkä-lim\
  1. 1a :  any of various ancient units of weight; especially :  a Hebrew unit equal to about 252 grains troyb :  a unit of value based on a shekel weight of gold or silver

  2. 2 :  a coin weighing one shekel

  3. 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. 4 the basic monetary unit of Israel — see money table

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Origin and Etymology of shekel

Hebrew sheqel

Other Monetary Terms


SHEKEL Defined for English Language Learners

shekel

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noun

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

  1. :  a bill or coin used in Israel



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