- The definition of sterling is something made of at least 92.5% pure silver, or something of very high quality.
- An example of sterling are sterling silver earrings.
- An example of sterling is a high quality reputation; a sterling reputation.
- Sterling is a group of articles made of sterling silver, or British money that is at least 50% silver or 91.666% gold.
- An example of sterling is a collection of sterling silver serving pieces.
- An example of sterling is an English silver coin worth one penny.
- an early English silver penny: a pound weight of these pennies was later standardized as a money of account
- English money having the fineness of quality of the standard silver penny
- sterling silver or articles made of it
- the standard of fineness of legal British coinage: for silver, 0.500; for gold, 0.91666
- British money
Origin of sterlingMiddle English sterlinge, Norman silver penny from Old French esterlin from Frankish an unverified form esterling, diminutive from Vulgar Latin istater from Ecclesiastical Late Latin stater, stater
- of standard quality; specif., designating a silver alloy that is at least 92.5 percent pure silver
- of or payable in British money
- made of sterling silver
- of genuinely high quality; excellent: sterling principles
- Abbr. ster. or stg. British money, especially the pound as the basic unit of currency of the United Kingdom.
- British coinage of silver or gold, having as a standard of fineness 0.500 for silver and 0.91666 for gold.
- a. Sterling silver.b. Articles, such as tableware, made of sterling silver.
- Consisting of or relating to sterling or British money.
- Made of sterling silver: a sterling teaspoon.
- Of the highest quality: a person of sterling character.
Origin of sterlingMiddle English silver penny possibly sterre star ; see star . -ling diminutive suff. ( from the small star stamped on the coin ); see -ling 1.
sterling - Investment & Finance Definition
Another term for the U.K. currency, the British pound. The symbol for sterling is £.