- a former monetary unit of the United Kingdom, equal to of a pound or 12 pence
- a cupronickel coin worth one shilling: coinage discontinued in 1971
- a former monetary unit of various other countries in or formerly in the Commonwealth, equal to of a pound or 12 pence
- the basic monetary unit of:
- any of several coins of colonial America
Origin of shillingMiddle English schilling ; from Old English scylling, akin to German schilling ; from Germanic an unverified form skildling, probably ; from an unverified form skild- (see shield) + an unverified form -ling, -ling
- Abbr. s. A coin formerly used in the United Kingdom, worth one twentieth of a pound, 5 new pence, or 12 old pence prior to 1971.
- See Table at currency.
Origin of shillingMiddle English, from Old English scilling.
- A coin formerly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Australia, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth countries.
- The shilling was worth twelve old pence, or one twentieth of a pound sterling.
- The currency of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.
- (US, historical) A currency in the United States, differing in value between states.
- (US, historical, New York and some other states) The Spanish real, formerly having the value of one eighth of a dollar.
- (in UK, etc): s. or s or / (solidus)
- (in Kenya): Ksh; (in Somalia) So. Sh.; (in Tanzania) TSh; (in Uganda) UGS
In East Africa, the names of the currencies usually use the proper noun for the country, not its adjectival form: "Kenya shilling", "Tanzania shilling", etc. Amounts are written with a solidus, probably from the UK usage: "2/50" is 2 shillings, 50 cents (not pence); 30 shillings only is written "30/=".
Old English scilling, Proto-Germanic *skillingaz http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=shilling
- Present participle of shill.
shilling - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, comprised of 100 cents.