Definition of sterling in English:


Line breaks: ster|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈstəːlɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1British money: prices in sterling are shown [as modifier]: issues of sterling bonds
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    • Some of the Irish money was converted into sterling and is believed to have been smuggled back into the country, the sources said.
    • In the historiography of post-war Britain, the management of sterling as an international currency is often seen as an example of this dilemma.
    • But why are all prices charged in sterling on an Irish airline, even on flights between two eurozone countries?


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Middle English: probably from steorra 'star' + -ling (because some early Norman pennies bore a small star). Until recently one popular theory was that the coin was originally made by Easterling moneyers (from the ‘eastern’ Hanse towns), but the stressed first syllable would not have been dropped.

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