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sterling

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noun ster·ling \ˈstər-liŋ\

Definition of sterling

  1. 1 :  British money

  2. 2 :  sterling silver or articles of it

Examples of sterling in a sentence

  1. a drop in the value of sterling

Origin and Etymology of sterling

Middle English, silver penny, probably from Old English *steorling, from Old English steorra star + 1-ling — more at star


First Known Use: 14th century


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sterling

adjective ster·ling

Definition of sterling

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or calculated in terms of British sterlingb :  payable in sterling

  2. 2a of silver :  having a fixed standard of purity usually defined legally as represented by an alloy of 925 parts of silver with 75 parts of copperb :  made of sterling silver

  3. 3 :  conforming to the highest standard <sterling character> <a sterling record of achievement>

sterlingly

adverb

sterlingness

noun

Examples of sterling in a sentence

  1. a sterling example of democracy at work

  2. <credited the win to the pitcher's sterling performance on the mound>

15th Century

First Known Use of sterling

15th century



STERLING Defined for English Language Learners

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sterling

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noun ster·ling \ˈstər-liŋ\

Definition of sterling for English Language Learners

  • : silver that is 92 percent pure

  • : British money


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sterling

adjective ster·ling

Definition of sterling for English Language Learners

  • : made of silver that is 92 percent pure

  • : very good


STERLING Defined for Kids

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sterling

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noun ster·ling \ˈstər-liŋ\

Definition of sterling for Students

  1. 1 :  British money

  2. 2 :  sterling silver :  articles made from sterling silver


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sterling

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adjective ster·ling

Definition of sterling for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to British sterling

  2. 2 :  being or made of a specific alloy that is mostly silver with a little copper <sterling silver>

  3. 3 :  excellent <a sterling example>



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