shilling

A shilling is an old British coin, roughly equal to a nickel. Twenty shillings were equal to one pound.

The shilling isn't used any more in Great Britain, although other countries, like Uganda and Kenya, still use shillings. It was a small silver colored coin with a small value, similar to the nickel in the United States, that was used from the 1500's until Britain decimalised its currency in 1971 and stopped making shillings. The popular nickname for a shilling was a "bob."

Definitions of shilling
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n a former monetary unit in Great Britain

Synonyms:
British shilling, bob
Type of:
British monetary unit
monetary unit in Great Britain

n an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound

Type of:
coin
a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

n the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents

Synonyms:
Ugandan shilling
Type of:
Ugandan monetary unit
monetary unit in Uganda

n the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents

Synonyms:
Tanzanian shilling
Type of:
Tanzanian monetary unit
monetary unit in Tanzania

n the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents

Synonyms:
Somalian shilling
Type of:
Somalian monetary unit
monetary unit in Somalia

n the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents

Synonyms:
Kenyan shilling
Type of:
Kenyan monetary unit
monetary unit in Kenya

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