Definition of shilling in English:


Syllabification: shil·ling
Pronunciation: /ˈSHiliNG


  • 1A former British coin and monetary unit equal to one twentieth of a pound or twelve pence.
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    • There were twelve pence to a shilling and twenty shillings to a pound.
    • For the purpose of this article I will be figuring a shilling to be worth an average 5 pence (48 shillings to the pound).
    • Buy a little book ruled for the purpose for pounds, shillings and pence and keep an account of cash received and expended.
  • 2The basic monetary unit in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, equal to 100 cents.
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    • As the Kenya shilling fights its way up against the dollar, shareholders are capitalizing on the stock market before, inevitably, the prices start coming down.
    • After joining, I got a loan of 7,000 Kenya shillings.
    • Usually a two-kilogram tin of both mbuni and cherry go for only five shillings.


Old English scilling, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schelling and German Schilling.

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