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
  1. noun
    a former monetary unit in Great Britain
    synonyms: British shilling, bob
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    type of:
    British monetary unit
    monetary unit in Great Britain
  2. noun
    an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
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    coin
    a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  3. noun
    the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents
    synonyms: Ugandan shilling
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    Ugandan monetary unit
    monetary unit in Uganda
  4. noun
    the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents
    synonyms: Tanzanian shilling
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    Tanzanian monetary unit
    monetary unit in Tanzania
  5. noun
    the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents
    synonyms: Somalian shilling
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    Somalian monetary unit
    monetary unit in Somalia
  6. noun
    the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents
    synonyms: Kenyan shilling
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    Kenyan monetary unit
    monetary unit in Kenya
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