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a. Any of several ancient units of weight, especially a Hebrew unit equal to about a half ounce.
b. A gold or silver coin equal in weight to one of these units, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
c. Variant of sheqel.
a. A coin.
b. shekels Money.
1. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of modern Israel, divided into 100 agorot
2. (Units) any of several former coins and units of weight of the Near East
3. (Currencies) any of several former coins and units of weight of the Near East
4. (often plural) informal any coin or money
[C16: from Hebrew sheqel]
1. the basic monetary unit of Israel.
2. an ancient, orig. Babylonian, unit of weight, equal to half an ounce or less.
3. a coin of this weight, esp. the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
4. shekels, Slang. money; cash.
[1550–60; < Hebrew sheqel]