Dictionary.com

queen's shilling

Save This Word!

noun
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of queen's shilling

First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use queen's shilling in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK