- Also sheqel. a paper money, cupronickel or silver coin, and monetary unit of Israel equal to 100 agorot: replaced the pound in 1980.
- an ancient, originally Babylonian, unit of weight, of varying value, taken as equal to the fiftieth or the sixtieth part of a mina or to about a quarter to half an ounce.
- a coin of this weight, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
- shekels, Slang. money; cash.
Origin of shekel
Examples from the Web for shekels
Israeli production companies estimate a loss of hundreds of thousands of shekels over the location change.Former Director of Shin Bet Warns of Another Yigal Amir in the Making
September 16, 2013
Ameira still had to pay 25,000 shekels ($7,000) to hire a bulldozer and trucks to transport the rubble….The Banality of Occupation
August 20, 2013
People at other Israeli crossings must declare holding over 100,000 shekels.Former Mossad Chief: We Already Talk With Hamas
January 2, 2013
Barkat filed a suit for violence and racism and received 30,000 shekels compensation.Slashing 'Price Tag'
October 4, 2012
But it was there he was betrayed for a few trillion shekels of yuan.Beacon No More? America Abandons Chen Guangcheng
May 3, 2012
They give the oof, the dollars, the shekels, and do not give the power to enjoy.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
A talent was divided into sixty minæ, a mina into sixty shekels.India: What can it teach us?
F. Max Mller
Which has most to do with shekels to-day, the priests or the politicians?What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
I can hear the shekels chinking into our pockets this minute.Paul and the Printing Press
Sara Ware Bassett
Strangers are not liked, and are only tolerated for the shekels that can be extracted or robbed from them.Due West</p>
Maturin Murray Ballou
- the standard monetary unit of modern Israel, divided into 100 agorot
- any of several former coins and units of weight of the Near East
- (often plural) informal any coin or money
Word Origin and History for shekels
early 13c., sicle, via Old French and Latin, from Hebrew sheqel, from shaqal "he weighed." Chief silver coin of ancient Hebrews, also a unit of weight. Modern form in English dates from mid-16c. As slang for "money," it dates from 1871.