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

Definition of shilling

1a : 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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In 2018, Beijing gave Akhulia's team 800 million Kenyan shillings (roughly $7.8 million) to roll out the 10,000 Villages project in Kenya. CNN, "How China is slowly expanding its power in Africa, one TV set at a time," 23 July 2019 When Libra is sold by a local agent in a country like Kenya, for instance, the Kenyan shillings traded for Libra would in turn have to be traded in for something acceptable to the Libra reserve. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Facebook’s Libra Currency Could Threaten the Global Financial System. Here’s How," 18 July 2019 In 2010-11 the city collected just 30bn shillings (see chart). The Economist, "How African cities can pay for their own upkeep," 5 Apr. 2018 Photo: Tommy Trenchard for The Wall Street Journal Clients pay Mr. Abdirahman in Somaliland shillings. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "An Isolated Country Runs on Mobile Money," 8 July 2018 The yield on Kenya’s Eurobonds due 2024 fell six basis points to 6.35 percent, while the shilling strengthened 0.1 percent to 101.10 per dollar by 1:50 p.m. in Nairobi., "Political Crisis Eases as Kenya's Odinga Vows to End Dissent," 9 Mar. 2018 Ugandans will have to cough up 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) a day to use popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Damilola Odutayo, CNN, "People in Uganda now have to pay tax to use WhatsApp and other social media," 1 June 2018 Participation ranges at the extremes, from the preaching of zealots to shilling and promotion by corporate representatives. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Inside the Copenhagen Fashion Summit: Well-Dressed Danes and Why You Shouldn’t Wear Spandex," 17 May 2018 In the summer of 1600 she was indicted at Middlesex Sessions for stealing two shillings and eleven pence. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of shilling

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

History and Etymology for shilling

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

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English Language Learners Definition of shilling

: 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


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

Kids Definition of shilling

: an old British coin equal to ¹/₂₀ pound

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