sterling

[stur-ling]

adjective

noun


Origin of sterling

1250–1300; Middle English: name of a silver coin (see star, -ling1), with reference to the little star on some of the mintages
Related formsster·ling·ly, adverbster·ling·ness, noun

Synonyms for sterling

Sterling

[stur-ling]

noun

a city in NW Illinois.
a city in NE Colorado.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for sterling

Contemporary Examples of sterling

Historical Examples of sterling

  • I presume half our people, on a pinch, could have brought the Sterling in.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Jack Pugh staid behind, the Sterling being about to load for Ireland.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The Sterling was short-handed this passage, mustering but four hands in a watch.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The Sterling loved to be under water, even in moderate weather.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • This voyage carried me to London for the first time since I left it in the Sterling.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for sterling

sterling

noun

  1. British moneypound sterling
  2. (as modifier)sterling reserves
the official standard of fineness of British coins: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925
  1. short for sterling silver
  2. (as modifier)a sterling bracelet
an article or articles manufactured from sterling silver
a former British silver penny

adjective

(prenominal) genuine and reliable; first-classsterling quality

Word Origin for sterling

C13: probably from Old English steorra star + -ling 1; referring to a small star on early Norman pennies; related to Old French esterlin

Sterling

noun

Peter. born 1960, Australian rugby league player: played 18 matches for Australia (1982–88)
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Word Origin and History 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.

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