from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several ancient units of weight, especially a Hebrew unit equal to about a half ounce.
- n. A gold or silver coin equal in weight to one of these units, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
- n. Slang A coin.
- n. Slang Money.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A currency unit of both ancient and modern Israel.
- n. money.
- n. An ancient unit of weight equivalent to one-fiftieth of a mina.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient weight and coin used by the Jews and by other nations of the same stock.
- n. A jocose term for money.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A unit of weight first used in Babylonia, and there equal to one sixtieth part of a mina.
- n. The chief silver coin of the Jews, probably first coined in 141 b. c. by Simon Maccabæus.
- n. plural Coins; coin; money.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the basic unit of money in Israel
Hebrew šeqel, from šāqal, to weigh; see ṯql in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Akkadian šiqlu via Hebrew שקל (sheqel), from שקל (shaqal, "to weigh"). (Wiktionary)