Origin of shekel
Examples from the Web for shekel
Exporters would presumably like that, since it will lead to a devaluation of the shekel.
They've got all their own money back, and all of ourn but a shekel or two besides.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Then the queen marveled greatly at the wisdom of Solomon, and gave him a shekel.
You call a thousand pounds respectable, and a shekel despicable.Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray
Not a shekel, not a silver penny, not a halfling—so help me the God of Abraham!Ivanhoe|Walter Scott
If any one hire a ship of sixty gur he shall pay one-sixth of a shekel in money as its hire per day.
British Dictionary definitions for shekel
Word Origin for shekel
Word Origin and History for shekel
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.