- 1A former British coin and monetary unit equal to one twentieth of a pound or twelve pence.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
not the full shilling
- British • informal Very unintelligent or slow: he’s not the full shilling, but a damn good workerMore example sentences
- ‘I'm sure when he asked people's advice he was told ‘you're not the full shilling’ or ‘would you stop behaving like an eejit’.
- We've sat in front of them with that sinking feeling, the realisation that this person thinks we're not the full shilling.
- She had two nieces who were, apparently, ‘not the full shilling’.
take the King's (or Queen's) shilling
- British Enlist as a soldier: not everyone who graduates goes on to take the Queen’s shilling[with reference to the former practice of paying a shilling to a soldier who enlisted]More example sentences
- It was changed from New Inn in 1881 because of a feeling of patriotism at the time, and also because this was the place where people could take the King's shilling and join up for the army.
- The soldier was no longer an individual who simply took the King's shilling for lack of alternative, but a symbol of a national cause and thus, potentially, a hero.
- I know he took the Queen's shilling when he signed up and when I signed his papers I gave him my blessing and knew he would see active service, it's just very difficult not knowing.
Old English scilling, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schelling and German Schilling.
More definitions of shillingDefinition of shilling in:
- The US English dictionary