American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A unit of weight first used in Babylonia, and there equal to one sixtieth part of a mina. As there were two Assyrian minas, so there were two shekels, one of 17 grams (258 grains troy), the other of 8.4 grams (129 grains). A trade shekel had a weight of 8.2 grams (127 grains). Modified both in value and in its relation to the mina, the shekel was adopted by the Phenicians, Hebrews, and other peoples. There were many different Phenician shekels, varying through 15.2 grams (234 grains), 14.5 grams (224 grains), 14.1 grams (218 grains), down to 13.5 grams (208 grains). The Hebrew shekel, at least under the Maccabees, was 14.1 grams. See also
- n. The chief silver coin of the Jews, probably first coined in 141 b. c. by Simon Maccabæus. Obverse, “Shekel of Israel,” pot of manna or a sacred vessel; reverse, “Jerusalem the holy,” flower device, supposed to be Aaron's rod budding. Specimens usually weigh from 212 to 220 grains. Half-shekels were also struck in silver at the same date.
- n. plural Coins; coin; money.
- n. A currency unit of both ancient and modern Israel.
- n. informal money.
- n. An ancient unit of weight equivalent to one-fiftieth of a mina.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ancient weight and coin used by the Jews and by other nations of the same stock.
- n. A jocose term for
- n. the basic unit of money in Israel
- From Akkadian šiqlu via Hebrew שקל (sheqel), from שקל (shaqal, "to weigh"). (Wiktionary)
- Hebrew šeqel, from šāqal, to weigh; see ṯql in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It may be at the same time that the shekel is weakening against the euro and we actually trade more with Europe than we do with the United States.”
“So the fact that sometimes the shekel is strengthening because the dollar is weakening globally doesn't cut a lot of ice with most Israelis.”
“So the fact that the shekel is weakening against the euro relative to our exporters is also very important and could be even more important than the dollar.”
“The shekel is here settled (v. 13); it is twenty jerahs, just half a Roman ounce, in our money 2s. 4 1/4d. and almost the eighth part of a farthing, as the aforesaid learned man exactly computes it.”
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“Zionist program and pay the annual contribution, known as a shekel, varying from 15 cents to 25 cents in different countries.”
“The shekel was the common standard of weight and value among the Hebrews down to the time of the”
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