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sterling

noun [U] uk   /ˈstɜː.lɪŋ/ us    /ˈstɝː-/
British money: The value of sterling increased against several other currencies yesterday. If you buy things on the plane, you can either pay for them in pounds sterling (= British pounds) or in US dollars.

sterling

adjective uk   /ˈstɜː.lɪŋ/ us    /ˈstɝː-/

sterling adjective (METAL)

(of precious metal, especially silver) of a fixed standard of purity: a sterling silver candlestick

sterling adjective (VERY GOOD)

approving of a very high standard: You've done a sterling job. Everyone has made a sterling effort.
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