shilling

noun shil·ling \ ˈshi-liŋ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of shilling

1 a : a former monetary unit of the United Kingdom equal to 12 pence or ¹/₂₀ pound
b : 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

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Origin and Etymology of shilling

Middle English, from Old English scilling; akin to Old High German skilling, a gold coin


SHILLING Defined for English Language Learners

shilling

noun

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

shilling

noun shil·ling \ ˈshi-liŋ \

Definition of shilling for Students

: an old British coin equal to ¹/₂₀ pound


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