Sterling

Definition of Sterling

Ster´ling
n.1.(Engin.) Same as Starling, 3.
1.Any English coin of standard value; coined money.
So that ye offer nobles or sterlings.
- Chaucer.
And Roman wealth in English sterling view.
- Arbuthnot.
2.A certain standard of quality or value for money.
Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second's reign.
- S. M. Leake.
a.1.Belonging to, or relating to, the standard British money of account, or the British coinage; as, a pound sterling; a shilling sterling; a penny sterling; - now chiefly applied to the lawful money of England; but sterling cost, sterling value, are used.
2.Genuine; pure; of excellent quality; conforming to the highest standard; of full value; as, a work of sterling merit; a man of sterling good sense.

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