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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun shilling:


Definition of Shilling

What does Shilling mean?


  1. the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents
  2. the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents
  3. the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents
  4. the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents
  5. a former monetary unit in Great Britain
  6. an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
    • more generic word: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

Alternative definition


  1. A coin formerly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Australia, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth countries.
  2. The currency of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Phrases with Shilling

Phrases starting with the word Shilling:

  1. Shilling Sign
  2. Shilling Shocker

Phrases ending with the word Shilling:

  1. kenyan shilling
  2. King's Shilling
  3. british shilling
  4. ugandan shilling
  5. somalian shilling
  6. tanzanian shilling


  1. The shilling is a unit of currency used in some current and former British Commonwealth countries. The word shilling comes from scilling, an accounting term that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times where it was deemed to be the value of a cow in Kent or a sheep elsewhere. The word is thought to derive from the base skell-, "to ring/resound" and the diminutive suffix -ling. The slang term for a shilling as a currency unit was a "bob".
  2. Shilling: The English shilling was a coin of the Kingdom of England, when first introduced known as the testoon. It remained in circulation until it became the British shilling as the result of the Union of England and Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707.
  3. Shilling: The Australian Shilling was a coin of the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalization. The coin was minted from 1910 until 1963, excluding 1923, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1938, 1947, 1949 and 1951. After decimalization on 14 February 1966, it was equal to 10ยข.

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature; Constructed on a Plan, by which the Different Sciences and Arts are Digested Into the Form of Distinct Treatises Or Systems, Comprehending the History, Theory, and Practice, of Each, According to the Latest Discoveries and Improvements... Vol. 1. [-18] (1797)

A Io shillinga:.} OsL. l. shilling, or a penny, is an equal number os pounde, shillings or pence; and these two last are easily reduced to pnundq. The value, at any other rate, may be calculatcd by easy methrarls, depending on some contraction ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia (1818)

or, Dictionary of arts and sciences. Comprising an accurate and popular view of the present improved state of human knowledge by William Nicholson

thc French solids of 12 pence, which was in use among 1 Normans, was called by the English r*TMSf shilling; and the Saxon shilling of call' H VlCe to a Gorman name, and was e, . groat or great coin, because it it p, "J*8'.

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Scrabble value of S1H4I1L1L1I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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