king's shilling


noun

(until 1879) a shilling given a recruit in the British army to bind his enlistment contract.

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Also called, when a queen was sovereign, queen's shilling.
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British Dictionary definitions for king's shilling

king's shilling

when the sovereign was female queen's shilling


noun

(until 1879) a shilling paid to new recruits to the British army
take the king's shilling British archaic to enlist in the army
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