of, relating to, or noting British money: The sterling equivalent is #5.50.
(of silver) having the standard fineness of 0.925.
made of silver of this fineness: a sterling teapot.
thoroughly excellent: a man of sterling worth.
the standard of fineness for gold and silver coin in the United Kingdom, 0.91666 for gold and 0.500 for silver.
Also called sterling silver. silver having a fineness of 0.925, now used especially in the manufacture of table utensils, jewelry, etc.
manufactured articles of sterling silver.
- ster·ling·ly, adverb
- ster·ling·ness, noun
Other definitions for Sterling (2 of 2)
a city in NW Illinois.
a city in NE Colorado.
a male given name.
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How to use sterling in a sentence
The sterling native played high school football at Dominion and has made two starts.For Virginia safety D’Angelo Amos, Veterans Day is a family affair | Gene Wang | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
During one news conference, sterling in Georgia was up to his nose in microphones as reporters shouted questions about how the state can ensure an accurate count.Local campaign officials are becoming election-week celebrities. They’re too busy to notice. | Travis Andrews, Ashley Fetters | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Even if a Brexit agreement remains unresolved, Higgins still sees merit behind the sterling-hedged S&P 500 position.
Markets will be surprised, and that will result in higher sterling.
The firm said it was responsible for most of the $350 million outflow from the London-listed Lyxor S&P 500 ETF over the past week that was then invested into a sterling-hedged version of the same fund.
sterling came as the representative of her facility, which could not handle sending more than one person.
Dinosaurs like Donald sterling draw the ire of Americans, regardless of political affiliation or ideological tilt.
Any chance of a panel about an issue of African-American interest featuring Paula Deen, Donald sterling, and a Klan member?The Heritage Hate Panel Features Two Leading Islamophobes | Dean Obeidallah | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Did you think the world might finally be done with Donald sterling, the demented, disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner?
And she answered, ‘We have to watch the Donald sterling thing!’The Fabulous Life of EJ Johnson, the Stylish Son of the Lakers Legend | Itay Hod | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The lack of bill buyers in foreign countries who will quote as low rates on dollar as on sterling bills.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
I do not wholly like these cold and stately English, yet I think I am not blind to their many sterling qualities.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
We had our fun, and cleared besides a profit of nearly four pounds sterling.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Joseph Mylchreest was a Manxman, a rough diamond but a man of sterling worth.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The cost of these improvements up to completion is estimated at about one million sterling.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for sterling (1 of 2)
British money: pound sterling
(as modifier): sterling reserves
the official standard of fineness of British coins: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925
short for sterling silver
(as modifier): a sterling bracelet
an article or articles manufactured from sterling silver
a former British silver penny
(prenominal) genuine and reliable; first-class: sterling quality
British Dictionary definitions for Sterling (2 of 2)
Peter. born 1960, Australian rugby league player: played 18 matches for Australia (1982–88)
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