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sterling ‎(countable and uncountable, plural sterlings)

  1. The currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound.
  2. Former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.
    • S. M. Leake
      Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second's reign.
  3. Sterling silver, or articles made from this material.
  4. A structure of pilings that protects the piers of a bridge; a starling.



sterling ‎(not comparable)

  1. of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage.
  2. of, relating to, or made from sterling silver.
  3. Of acknowledged worth or influence; high quality; authoritative.
    • 2014 December 13, Mandeep Sanghera, “Burnley 1-0 Southampton”, BBC Sport:
      Southampton had been hoping to get back to winning ways to prove to their critics there was substance to their sterling start to the season.
  4. Genuine; true; pure; of great value or excellence.