[ 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.
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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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