• (British) IPA: /ˈstɜː(ɹ).lɪŋ/


  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.
  • Italian: sterlina
  • Portuguese: esterlina
  • Russian: сте́рлинг
  • Italian: sterlina, oro sterlina, argento sterlina
  • Italian: argento sterlina


  1. (not comparable) of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage.
  2. (not comparable) of, relating to, or made from sterling silver.
  3. Of acknowledged worth or influence; high quality; authoritative.
  4. Genuine; true; pure; of great value or excellence.
    • 2016 January 31, "Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem? ↗," Vanity Fair (retrieved 21 January 2016):
      But Rodríguez says, “Neither the law nor the facts support Senator Grassley’s baseless allegations and extrapolated conclusions. It is disappointing that the senator and his staff continue to focus a politically motivated campaign on Ms. Abedin, who has been known her entire professional life for hard work, integrity, and her sterling reputation. It is people like Ms. Abedin whom we should all want in public service.”
  • Portuguese: esterlino

Proper noun
  1. A Scottish surname, variant of Stirling.
  2. An English surname, thought to be a variant of Starling.
  3. A unisex given name.
  4. A city/county seat in Logan County, Colorado.

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