Shekel meaning

shĕkəl
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A half-ounce gold or silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
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An ancient unit of weight used by Hebrews, Babylonians, etc., equal to about half an ounce.
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The basic monetary unit of Israel.
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The currency unit of Israel, comprising 100 agora.
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(informal) Money.
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An ancient unit of weight equivalent to one-fiftieth of a mina.
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(slang) Money.
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Origin of shekel

  • Hebrew šeqel from šāqal to weigh ṯql in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hebrew שֶׁקֶל (shékel, “shekel"), from שָׁקַל (shakál, “to weigh"), from Akkadian [script?] (Å¡iqlu).

    From Wiktionary