shilling

noun

shil·​ling ˈshi-liŋ How to pronounce shilling (audio)
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

Examples of shilling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For agreeing to go with the man, he was given 40,000 Kenyan shillings ($470) in cash for his family, a huge sum of money for a resident of Majengo. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Foreign Affairs, 10 Jan. 2013 The sum of 10 shillings bought you a year’s subscription—that’s about 2 pence for every weekly four-page issue—and subscribers grew from a feeble 90 to more than 1,500 in 1748. Adam Smyth, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 De Hales left Basilia, gave up his shop, and sold all of his possessions, including two feather beds, and some pots and utensils worth two shillings and sixpence. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024 Without any support, a month’s treatment costs 5,000 Kenyan shillings, out of reach not only for Mr. Mwaniki and many others working in Kenya’s large informal economy. Daniel Kipchumba, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Jan. 2024 The cheapest painkillers cost around six cents, or ten Kenyan shillings, for a pack of two. Elizabeth Wells and Eoin McSweeney, CNN, 5 Dec. 2023 Massachusetts closed January through July to deer hunting in 1694; the penalty for a first violation was 40 shillings, or roughly $460 in modern U.S. dollars. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 29 Nov. 2023 The couple were ordered to pay 100 million Ugandan shillings or up to $28,000 in compensation to the boy. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Illicit meat eaters were fined 10 shillings and locked up for 10 days; repeat offenders got 20 and 20. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of shilling was before the 12th century

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“Shilling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shilling. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shilling

noun
shil·​ling ˈshil-iŋ How to pronounce shilling (audio)
1
: a former unit of British money equal to ¹⁄₂₀ pound
2
: a coin equal to ¹⁄₂₀ pound in any of several countries of the Commonwealth of Nations
3
: any of several early American coins
4
a
: the basic unit of money of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda
b
: a coin representing this unit

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