Definitions of sterling

  1. highest in quality
  2. British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK
  3. Same as Starling, 3.
  4. Any English coin of standard value; coined money.
  5. A certain standard of quality or value for money.
  6. Belonging to, or relating to, the standard British money of account, or the British coinage; as, a pound sterling; a shilling sterling; a penny sterling; -- now chiefly applied to the lawful money of England; but sterling cost, sterling value, are used.
  7. Genuine; pure; of excellent quality; conforming to the highest standard; of full value; as, a work of sterling merit; a man of sterling good sense.
  8. Pertaining to British money of standard value; as, pounds sterling; having full value; genuine; as, sterling silver; of high merit; as, a man of sterling character.
  9. The standard of purity of British money.
  10. An epithet by which English money of account is distinguished, signifying that it is of the fixed or standard national value; as, a pound sterling, a shilling sterling, a penny sterling: according to a fixed standard; having a fixed and permanent value; " If my word be sterling yet in England."- Shak.: genuine; pure; of excellent quality; as, a work of sterling merit, a man of sterling wit or sense; " Do these foreign contemporaries of ours still exhibit, in their characters as men, something of that sterling nobleness, that union of majesty with meekness, which we must ever venerate in those our spiritual fathers ?"- Carlyle.
  11. An old name in England for a penny: English money. " And Roman wealth in English sterling view."- Arbuthnot: standard; rate.
  12. Denoting English money; pure; genuine.
  13. Having a standard of value or fineness established by the British government.
  14. Of standard worth; genuine; pure; of excellent quality.
  15. Of standard value; genuine; sound; of excellent quality.

Usage examples for sterling

  1. To gratify one such sterling heart of gold, I would go more lengths than to instruct the cold- blooded curiosity of a whole fraternity of philosophers. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  2. The History of Massachusetts by the pen of this man has sterling merits, and is of great value. – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  3. There remained nothing to desire, but that the noble spirit and sterling sentiments which had every where displayed themselves so luminously on that day, should continue to be the universal ruling ones. – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  4. Just now she was head over ears in romance, and I believed that if she married him his sterling qualities would hold her. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  5. " And in token of subjection and reverence, the said place in London shall pay yearly a mark sterling at Easter to the Bishop of Bethelem. – Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles by Daniel Hack Tuke
  6. Poor Sterling, even I now begin to fear, is in a very bad way. – The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II. by Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. Ortolans sell, at this time, at thirty sous, equal to one shilling sterling, the dozen. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  8. During a twenty years' residence in Paris she had added to the sterling qualities of her race the graceful attributes of a Parisian. – Fragments of an Autobiography by Felix Moscheles
  9. Also landed property in various places, making an estimated total of three and a half millions sterling. – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
  10. San Martin refused to obey, but the imaginative, warm- hearted Belgrano was not made of the same sterling stuff. – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  11. You're Mr. Ford's guest now and must do what he wants, just the same as if he were Dr. Sterling. – Dorothy on a Ranch by Evelyn Raymond
  12. Look what an enchanting book Carlyle made out of the Life of Sterling. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  13. " Yes," said Polly, " I really ought to go, Mrs. Sterling. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  14. Yet even by this indulgence and charitable discrimination, as every separate offence required the atonement of a separate penance, few sinners escaped incurring less than a debt of three hundred years, or of two hundred pounds sterling. – Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues by John Alberger
  15. You've got more sterling worth and real intellect in your make- up than they ever dreamed of. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
  16. Sterling glanced up in surprise. – Lord Stranleigh Abroad by Robert Barr
  17. He could not but fear that so much beauty must be inconsistent with the sterling qualities which make a good wife. – Will Warburton by George Gissing
  18. She valued the sterling nature of the man. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  19. I worked it for some months, and forwarded two millions sterling to London. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  20. It's not needed; they're sterling metal. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss