sheqel

noun sheq·el

Variant spelling of

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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