Origin of sterling
Synonyms for sterling
Related Words for sterlingfirst-rate, splendid, outstanding, magnificent, marvelous, stunning, excellent, admirable, superior, choice, fine, grand, exquisite, pure
Examples from the Web for sterling
Contemporary Examples of sterling
Sterling came as the representative of her facility, which could not handle sending more than one person.New York Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm
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Baylor testified that “(Sterling) wanted the team to be composed of ‘poor black boys from the South’ and a white head coach.”
Has the Sterling decision set a new standard or was the Sterling ban part of a perfect storm?
Steinberg said the Sterling ban should give both sports and society in general something to think about “before we play gotcha.”
Sterling also tried not to pay fired coaches despite contract guarantees.
Historical Examples of sterling
I presume half our people, on a pinch, could have brought the Sterling in.
Jack Pugh staid behind, the Sterling being about to load for Ireland.
The Sterling was short-handed this passage, mustering but four hands in a watch.
The Sterling loved to be under water, even in moderate weather.
This voyage carried me to London for the first time since I left it in the Sterling.
- British moneypound sterling
- (as modifier)sterling reserves
- short for sterling silver
- (as modifier)a sterling bracelet
Word Origin for sterling
c.1300, "silver penny," probably from Middle English sterre (see star (n.)), from the stars that appeared in the design of certain Norman coins, + diminutive suffix -ling. The other theory is that it derives from Old French estedre "stater" (see stater).
Sense broadened by 1560s to "money having the quality of the sterling," and c.1600 to "English money in general." A pound sterling was originally "a pound weight of sterlings," equal to about 240 of them.