a virgule, as used as a divider between shillings and pence: One reads 2/6 as “two shillings and sixpence” or “two and six.”
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Also called shilling.
Words nearby shilling mark
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British Dictionary definitions for shilling mark
another name for slash (def. 12)
Word Origin for shilling mark
so named because it was used to separate shillings from pence when writing amounts less than one pound before the introduction of decimal currency in Britain. For example, three shillings and eleven pence was written 3/11
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