shilling

See also: Shilling and schilling

EnglishEdit

 
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1955 British shilling coin

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɪlɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlɪŋ
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English schilling, shilling, from Old English sċilling, from Proto-Germanic *skillingaz. Doublet of scalding.

NounEdit

shilling (plural shillings)

  1. (historical) 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.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., [], [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
      A great bargain also had been [] the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  2. The currency of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.
  3. (US, historical) A currency in the United States, differing in value between states.
  4. (US, historical, New York and some other states) The Spanish real, formerly having the value of one eighth of a dollar.
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Abbreviations

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/=".

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Etymology 2Edit

See shill.

VerbEdit

shilling

  1. present participle of shill

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NounEdit

shilling m (plural shillings)

  1. shilling (old UK coin)

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

shilling

  1. Alternative form of schilling

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English shilling, from Middle English shilling, Old English sċilling, and ultimately Proto-Germanic *skillingaz. Doublet of schilling and skilling.

NounEdit

shilling m (definite singular shillingen, indefinite singular shilling, definite plural shillingene)

  1. (numismatics) a shilling

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English shilling, from Middle English shilling, Old English sċilling, and ultimately Proto-Germanic *skillingaz. Doublet of schilling and skilling.

NounEdit

shilling m (definite singular shillingen, indefinite plural shilling or shillings, definite plural shillingane)

  1. (numismatics) a shilling

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