- 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.
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.