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sterling

noun ster·ling \ ˈstər-liŋ \

Definition of sterling

1 :British money
2 :sterling silver or articles of it

Examples of sterling in a Sentence

  1. a drop in the value of sterling

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Origin and Etymology of sterling

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


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sterling

adjective

Definition of sterling

1 a :of, relating to, or calculated in terms of British sterling
b :payable in sterling
2 a 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 copper
b :made of sterling silver
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

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First Known Use of sterling

15th century

sterling Synonyms

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, excellent, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate


STERLING Defined for English Language Learners

sterling

noun

Definition of sterling for English Language Learners

  • : silver that is 92 percent pure

  • : British money


sterling

adjective

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

noun ster·ling \ ˈstər-liŋ \

Definition of sterling for Students

1 :British money
2 :sterling silver :articles made from sterling silver

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sterling

adjective

Definition of sterling for Students

1 :of or relating to British sterling
2 :being or made of a specific alloy that is mostly silver with a little copper
  • sterling silver
3 :excellent
  • a sterling example


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