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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.
2. Slang
a. A coin.
b. shekels Money.

[Hebrew šeqel, from šāqal, to weigh; see ṯql in Semitic roots.]


(ˈʃɛkəl) or


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]


(ˈʃɛk əl)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shekel - the basic unit of money in Israelshekel - the basic unit of money in Israel  
Israeli monetary unit - monetary unit in Israel
agora - 100 agorot equal 1 shekel in Israel


[ˈʃekl] N (Hist, Bible etc) → siclo m shekelspasta fsing, parné msing


nSekel m, → Schekel m; shekels (inf)Moneten pl (dated sl)
References in classic literature ?
Not a shekel, not a silver penny, not a halfling so help me the God of Abraham
Ay,'' said the Knight, ``to gnaw the bowels of our nobles with usury, and to gull women and boys with gauds and toys I warrant thee store of shekels in thy Jewish scrap.
They've got all their own money back, and all of OURN but a shekel or two BESIDES.
Then, no doubt, he taxed them a shekel apiece and let them go.
Methinks it is no great stretch of generosity to allow us lambs for the altar of the Lord, receiving in lieu thereof thirty silver shekels per head
That is, if Shekels is out on depredation and I can't get hold of him.
Back from the coining of the shekels, my dear friend," he exclaimed.
6 to establish a committee to study "ways to shift from the use of the Israeli shekel to other currencies as well as studying the issuance of a national currency.
It also said that another committee will consider options for using a currency to replace the Israeli shekel that is in use in the occupied Palestinian territories since the start of the occupation in 1967.
Danon should learn of the Tyrian Shekel which was first minted in 126 BC with Greek letters.
The Israeli digital shekel would record every transaction by mobile phone, thereby, making tax evasion more difficult, reported the Jerusalem Post, citing an anonymous financial official as saying.
The existing TA-25 Index is a shekel gross total return index that reflects the changes in the shekel price of the shares comprising the index and reflects the gross dividend return for such shares.