- of, relating to, or noting British money: The sterling equivalent is #5.50.
- (of silver) having the standard fineness of 0.925.
- made of silver of this fineness: a sterling teapot.
- thoroughly excellent: a man of sterling worth.
- British currency.
- the standard of fineness for gold and silver coin in the United Kingdom, 0.91666 for gold and 0.500 for silver.
- Also called sterling silver. silver having a fineness of 0.925, now used especially in the manufacture of table utensils, jewelry, etc.
- manufactured articles of sterling silver.
- sterling flatware.
Origin of sterling
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- a city in NW Illinois.
- a city in NE Colorado.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for sterling
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Baylor testified that “(Sterling) wanted the team to be composed of ‘poor black boys from the South’ and a white head coach.”
Has the Sterling decision set a new standard or was the Sterling ban part of a perfect storm?
Steinberg said the Sterling ban should give both sports and society in general something to think about “before we play gotcha.”
Sterling also tried not to pay fired coaches despite contract guarantees.
I presume half our people, on a pinch, could have brought the Sterling in.
Jack Pugh staid behind, the Sterling being about to load for Ireland.
The Sterling was short-handed this passage, mustering but four hands in a watch.
The Sterling loved to be under water, even in moderate weather.
This voyage carried me to London for the first time since I left it in the Sterling.
- British moneypound sterling
- (as modifier)sterling reserves
- the official standard of fineness of British coins: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925
- short for sterling silver
- (as modifier)a sterling bracelet
- an article or articles manufactured from sterling silver
- a former British silver penny
- (prenominal) genuine and reliable; first-classsterling quality
- Peter. born 1960, Australian rugby league player: played 18 matches for Australia (1982–88)
Word Origin and History for sterling
c.1300, "silver penny," probably from Middle English sterre (see star (n.)), from the stars that appeared in the design of certain Norman coins, + diminutive suffix -ling. The other theory is that it derives from Old French estedre "stater" (see stater).
Sense broadened by 1560s to "money having the quality of the sterling," and c.1600 to "English money in general." A pound sterling was originally "a pound weight of sterlings," equal to about 240 of them.