queen's shilling


noun


Nearby words

  1. queen's pattern,
  2. queen's proctor,
  3. queen's regulations,
  4. queen's remembrancer,
  5. queen's scout,
  6. queen's speech,
  7. queen's ware,
  8. queen's-pawn openings,
  9. queen-anne,
  10. queen-cup

Origin of queen's shilling

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for queen's shilling

queen's shilling

when the sovereign was male king's shilling

noun

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