sterling ster‧ling [ˈstɜːlɪŋ ǁ ˈstɜːr-] noun [uncountable] FINANCE
the system of money in Britain, based on the pound:

• Sterling was trading at $1.6490, up from $1.6470.

• His salary is paid in pounds sterling.

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sterling UK US /ˈstɜːlɪŋ/ noun [U] 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.

sterling UK US /ˈstɜːlɪŋ/ adjective
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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.