Ster·ling n. Engin. Same as Starling, 3.
1. Any English coin of standard value; coined money.
So that ye offer nobles or sterlings. --Chaucer.
And Roman wealth in English sterling view. --Arbuthnot.
2. A certain standard of quality or value for money.
Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second's reign. --S. M. Leake.
1. 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. “With sterling money.”
2. 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.
adj : highest in quality [syn: greatest, sterling(a), superlative]
n : British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic
monetary unit of the UK