Definition of shekel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHek(ə)l/


1The basic monetary unit of modern Israel, equal to 100 agorot.
Example sentences
  • This takes time, effort and a not inconsiderable number of dollars, pounds, baht or shekels.
  • I'll use any dollars or euros or yen or shekels thrown my way to keep this site online, and if folks do kick in, I promise to try and write more frequently as a token of my appreciation.
  • Israelis claim to have found a counterfeiting press in Ramallah - one for faking shekels, not dollars.
1.1 historical A silver coin and unit of weight used in ancient Israel and the Middle East.
Example sentences
  • Ephron has named a price - a pretty stiff price; a shekel was a measure of weight, 11.5 grams; four hundred shekels would amount to 10.6 pounds of silver.
  • And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.
  • And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
1.2 (shekels) informal Money; wealth.
Example sentences
  • All that awaits you now, Bheki, is, I trust, money - lots of lovely lolly, latkes, folding green stuff, shekels.
  • With the demise of this wine style, many Australian vineyards of very old Grenache vines were torn out, for a few shekels of government compensation.
  • To avert feline catastrophe, head over to the blog deemed Most Deserving of Wider Recognition and drop a few shekels in the tip jar.


From Hebrew šeqel, from šāqal 'weigh'.

Words that rhyme with shekel

deckle, freckle, heckle, Jekyll, speckle

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Syllabification: shek·el

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