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  • noun symbol for pound sterling
  • noun symbol for other currencies called pound or lira.

Etymologies

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Abbreviation of Latin libra 'pound'. The symbol is derived from the medieval tradition of placing a stroke over a letter or letters of a word (in this case L) to indicate an abbreviation; when letters have ascenders like L, the stroke frequently passes through that ascender. £ is thus cognate with the pound sign #, which was similarly derived from lb with a stroke through the ascenders.

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