Definition of sterling
What does the word sterling mean?
part of speech: adjective
(Of coins& precious metals) genuine, of standard value or purity, (abbr. stg; with coins, chiefly appended to sum expressed in sovereigns without odd money, as £20 stg; is of s. gold, silver); (transf.) of solid worth, not showy, that is what it seems to be, (is a s. fellow; s. sense, qualities, character; the s. nature of).