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Definition of "shilling" []

  • A coin used in the United Kingdom, worth one twentieth of a pound, 5 new pence, or 12 old pence prior to 1971. (noun)
  • See Table at currency. (noun)
  • Printing A virgule. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shilling" in a sentence
  • "A YOUNG spendthrift being apprised that he had given a shilling when sixpence would have been enough, remarked that "He knew no difference between a _shilling_ and _sixpence_.""
  • "Those with a taste for alliteration could employ the term shilling shocker, as in the Illustrated London News of 17 September 1887: "The three-volume novel may be dying out, as they tell us; but we have the shilling shocker rampant among us.""
  • "Here is declared unto us that some laboured the whole day, which are hired for a penny, that is of our money ten pence: for like as we have a piece of money which we call a shilling, and is in value twelve pence, so the"