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sterling

[ stur-ling ]
/ ˈstɜr lɪŋ /
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adjective
noun
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM sterling

ster·ling·ly, adverbster·ling·ness, noun

Other definitions for sterling (2 of 2)

Sterling
[ stur-ling ]
/ ˈstɜr lɪŋ /

noun
a city in NW Illinois.
a city in NE Colorado.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for sterling (1 of 2)

sterling
/ (ˈstɜːlɪŋ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for sterling (2 of 2)

Sterling
/ (ˈstɜːlɪŋ) /

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