sterling

[ stur-ling ]
/ ˈstɜr lɪŋ /

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

SYNONYMS FOR sterling

OTHER WORDS FROM sterling

ster·ling·ly, adverbster·ling·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sterling silver (1 of 3)

sterling silver

noun

an alloy containing not less than 92.5 per cent of silver, the remainder usually being copper
sterling-silver articles collectively

British Dictionary definitions for sterling silver (2 of 3)

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 silver (3 of 3)

Sterling
/ (ˈstɜːlɪŋ) /

noun

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Scientific definitions for sterling silver

sterling silver
[ stûrlĭng ]

An alloy that contains at least 92.5 percent silver and up to 7.5 percent copper or another metal, used to make jewelry and silverware.
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