[ stur-ling ]
/ ˈstɜr lɪŋ /
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.
Words nearby sterling
Origin of sterling
OTHER WORDS FROM sterlingster·ling·ly, adverbster·ling·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sterling silver (1 of 3)
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)
/ (ˈstɜːlɪŋ) /
- British moneypound 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-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)
/ (ˈstɜːlɪŋ) /
Peter. born 1960, Australian rugby league player: played 18 matches for Australia (1982–88)
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Scientific definitions for sterling silver
[ stûr′lĭng ]
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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