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


Shilling is sometimes a misspelling of circling or shillings.

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Definition of the noun shilling

What does shilling mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shillings

  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
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

Alternative definition of the noun shilling


  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.


  1. The shilling is a unit of currency formerly used in the United Kingdom and other 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. Slang terms for the old shilling coins include "bob" and "hog".
  2. Shilling: The English shilling was a silver 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 10¢.

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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shilling

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Google previewThe American Museum Or Universal Magazine (1792)

A shilling, is the answer. O, then get it by all means : A shilling is a trifle. It is of but “sands form the mountain.

Google previewThe Prairie Farmer (1816)

A shilling." is the answer. "0, then get it, by all means-a shilling is a trifle.

Every shilling is a little rill-a small stream that runs into the post-rider's pocket or the collector's purse; :1 number of these little streams, thus united, make a large stream ...

Google previewA Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania

by John G. White

Shilling is an uncompromising Democrat, and for more than twenty years has served as school director. EDMUND Scorr.—Enjoying an excellent reputation as a man of worth and honor, Edmund Scott is numbered among the active and ...

Google previewDictionary of Banking and Finance (2009)

Over 9,000 terms clearly defined by Bloomsbury Publishing

Senegal CFA franc Serbia & Montenegro Dinar Seychelles Seychelles rupee Sierra Leone Leone Singapore Singapore dollar Slovakia Euro Slovenia Euro Solomon Islands Solomon Island dollar Somalia Somali shilling South Africa Rand* ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

Tajikistan: Tajik schilling Denmark: krone Kazakhstan: tenge North Korea: won ruble Azerbaijan: manat Dominican Republic: Kenya: Kenyan Norway: krone Tanzania: Tanzanian Bahamas: Bahamian peso shilling Oman: Omani rial shilling ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

should be im- or any part of each integral shilling, by History of fiasgm osed; so that, when the price was at 698., the duty on which such price shall be under 82s. "19C"!!! . ' , Importation was to ...

Google previewDictionary of International Trade Finance Terms (2001)

by Mike Hammett

Kenya currency: Kenyan shilling (KES), divided into 100 cents. kerb market The trading in securities that takes place outside an official exchange .

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Small photo of One Shilling, KenyaSmall photo of United Kingdom British coin 1 one shilling 1949, lion standing on crown divides dates, George V head left, English typeSmall photo of One Shilling , KenyaSmall photo of Kenya Kenyan 1 one shilling 1969, arms, two lions holding lances and African shield, bust of first President of Kenya Jomo KenyattaSmall photo of Photo of a Church during a gloomy day Shilling IndiaSmall photo of One Austrian shilling 1998. Wintage nickel coin with edelweissSmall photo of British West Africa coin 1 one shilling 1952, palm tree divides date, head of King George VI in rich clothes left More...

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Quotes about Shilling

The poor man's shilling is but a penny.
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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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