Sterling meaning

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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.

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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.

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British money, especially the pound as the basic unit of currency of the United Kingdom.
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British coinage of silver or gold, having as a standard of fineness 0.500 for silver and 0.91666 for gold.
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Consisting of or relating to sterling or British money.
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Made of sterling silver.

A sterling teaspoon.

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Of the highest quality.

A person of sterling character.

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An early English silver penny: a pound weight of these pennies was later standardized as a money of account.
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English money having the fineness of quality of the standard silver penny.
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Sterling silver or articles made of it.
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The standard of fineness of legal British coinage: for silver, 0.500; for gold, 0.91666
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British money.
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Of standard quality; specif., designating a silver alloy that is at least 92.5 percent pure silver.
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Of or payable in British money.
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Made of sterling silver.
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Of genuinely high quality; excellent.

Sterling principles.

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Another term for the U.K. currency, the British pound. The symbol for sterling is £.
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A Scottish surname, variant of Stirling.
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An English surname, thought to be a variant of Starling.
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A male given name transferred from the surnames.
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Origin of sterling

  • Middle English silver penny possibly sterre star star -ling diminutive suff. (from the small star stamped on the coin) –ling1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition