- an ancient unit of weight used by Hebrews, Babylonians, etc., equal to about half an ounce
- a half-ounce gold or silver coin of the ancient Hebrews
- the basic monetary unit of Israel
- Slang money
Origin of shekelClassical Hebrew (language) ; from shakal, to weigh
- a. Any of several ancient units of weight, especially a Hebrew unit equal to about a half ounce.b. A gold or silver coin equal in weight to one of these units, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.c. Variant of sheqel.
- Slang a. A coin.b. shekels Money.
Origin of shekelHebrew šeqel, from šaqal, to weigh; see &tlowmac;ql in Semitic roots.
(plural shekels or shekalim)
shekel - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Israel, comprising 100 agora.