Definition of shekel
shekalimplay \she-ˈkä-lim\ or
shekelimplay \shē-ˈkā-lim\ or
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 : 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
Recent Examples of shekel from the Web
In late June, the Israeli cabinet approved a 280 million shekel ($80 million) budget to facilitate cooperation with India in a variety of areas, including water and agricultural technology.
The central bank has been warning that gains in the shekel, which is trading near record highs against a basket of currencies, were being fueled partly by one-time items that led to exceptional growth in the last quarter.
All kosher establishments pay 500 shekels an hour, or about $135, for the services of an official mashgiach, or kashrut supervisor.
Israeli officials questioned Boaz Aharon Schwartz on suspicion the firm failed to correctly disclose income liable to taxes on transactions worth more than 550 million Israeli shekels ($146 million)...
The remaining shekels are placed in a supply in the middle.
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Origin and Etymology of shekel
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SHEKEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shekel for English Language Learners
: the basic unit of money in Israel
SHEKEL Defined for Kids
Definition of shekel for Students
: a bill or coin used in Israel
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