I. noun Etymology: Middle English, silver penny, probably from Old English *steorling, from Old English steorra star + 1-ling — more at star Date: 14th century 1. British money 2. sterling silver or articles of it II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or calculated in terms of British sterling b. payable in sterling 2. a. of silver having a fixed standard of purity usually defined legally as represented by an alloy of 925 parts of silver with 75 parts of copper b. made of sterling silver 3. conforming to the highest standard <
sterling character
a sterling record of achievement
sterlingly adverbsterlingness noun

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