Meaning of “sterling” in the English Dictionary

"sterling" in British English

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sterlingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈstɜː.lɪŋ/ us /ˈstɝː.lɪŋ/

sterlingadjective

uk /ˈstɜː.lɪŋ/ us /ˈstɝː.lɪŋ/

(Definition of “sterling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sterling" in American English

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sterlingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈstɜr·lɪŋ/

of the highest quality:

McCoy had a sterling season last year.

(Definition of “sterling” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sterling" in Business English

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sterlingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈstɜːlɪŋ/ us MONEY, ECONOMICS

the British system of currency, based on the pound:

sterling rises/falls Sterling rose against the dollar to $1.5522.
in sterling Our prices are in sterling.
You can pay in pounds sterling or in US dollars.

sterlingadjective

uk /ˈstɜːlɪŋ/ us

used to describe a metal, especially silver, that has a particular high level of purity (= measure of how pure it is):

Offers include a 124-piece set of sterling silver cutlery at €4,495.

of a very high standard:

The lowest rates and best deals go to customers with sterling credit.
There have been sterling performances by some hedge fund managers.

(Definition of “sterling” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)