Shekel Shek"el, n. [Heb. shegel, fr. sh[=a]gal to weigh.] 1. An ancient weight and coin used by the Jews and by other nations of the same stock. [1913 Webster]

Note: A common estimate makes the shekel equal in weight to about 130 grains for gold, 224 grains for silver, and 450 grains for copper, and the approximate values of the coins are (gold) $5.00, (silver) 60 cents, and (copper half shekel), one and one half cents. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. A jocose term for money. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Shékel — Shekel ¤ • Les symboles monétaires Monnaies en circulation ฿ • B/. • ₵ • ¢ • ₡ • Kč • …   Wikipédia en Français

  • shekel — [ ʃekɛl ] n. m. • 1980; mot hébr. « pesée, poids » puis « monnaie » (→ sicle) ♦ Unité monétaire israélienne. On écrirait mieux shékel. ● shekel nom masculin Unité monétaire principale d Israël. shekel n. m. Unité monétaire de l état d Israël.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • shekel — CHEL/ s. m. unitatea monetară a statului Israel. (< fr. shekel) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • shekel — (n.) early 13c., sicle, via Old French and Latin, from Heb. sheqel, from shaqal he weighed. Chief silver coin of ancient Hebrews, also a unit of weight. Modern form in English dates from mid 16c. As slang for money, it dates from 1871 …   Etymology dictionary

  • shekel — ► NOUN 1) the basic monetary unit of modern Israel, equal to 100 agora. 2) (shekels) informal money; wealth. ORIGIN Hebrew …   English terms dictionary

  • shekel — [shek′əl] n. [Heb < shakal, to weigh] 1. an ancient unit of weight used by Hebrews, Babylonians, etc., equal to about half an ounce 2. a half ounce gold or silver coin of the ancient Hebrews 3. the basic monetary unit of Israel: see the table… …   English World dictionary

  • Shekel — Sheqel and Shekalim redirect here. For the currency of the State of Israel, see Israeli new shekel. For the Talmudic tractate, see Moed. Further information: Ancient Mesopotamian units of measurement Carthage shekel, circa 310–290 BC Shekel… …   Wikipedia

  • Shekel — le symbole du Nouveau Shekel est constitué des lettres Shin et Het entremêlées. Le shekel hadash (en hébreu : שקל חדש, c’est à dire le nouveau shekel, abrégé ש ח dans le langage courant), ou shekalim au pluriel (prononcé shkalim …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Shekel —    Weight, the common standard both of weight and value among the Hebrews. It is estimated at 220 English grains, or a little more than half an ounce avoirdupois. The shekel of the sanctuary (Ex. 30:13; Num. 3:47) was equal to twenty gerahs (Ezek …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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