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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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[ˈʃekl] N (Hist, Bible etc) → siclo m shekelspasta fsing, parné msing
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nSekel m, → Schekel m; shekels (inf)Moneten pl (dated sl)
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References in classic literature ?
``Not a shekel, not a silver penny, not a halfling so help me the God of Abraham!'' said the Jew, clasping his hands; ``I go but to seek the assistance of some brethren of my tribe to aid me to pay the fine which the Exchequer of the Jews*
``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.
Within a hundred years after Adam left Eden, the guide probably gave the usual general flourish with his hand and said: "Place where the animals were named, ladies and gentlemen; place where the tree of the forbidden fruit stood; exact spot where Adam and Eve first met; and here, ladies and gentlemen, adorned and hallowed by the names and addresses of three generations of tourists, we have the crumbling remains of Cain's altar--fine old ruin!" Then, no doubt, he taxed them a shekel apiece and let them go.
"Back from the coining of the shekels, my dear friend," he exclaimed.
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 !"
"Lower away the basket with the shekels of silver!" here shouted a Roman soldier in a hoarse, rough voice, which appeared to issue from the regions of Pluto "lower away the basket with the accursed coin which it has broken the jaw of a noble Roman to pronounce!
He is privileged, all over the post, like Shekels, the Seventh Cavalry's dog, and visits everybody's quarters and picks up everything that is going, in the way of news.
The Exchange Rate - Strengthening of the shekel against the dollar, in parallel with a weakening of the dollar worldwide.
The shekel is strengthening today against the dollar and against the euro.
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." Palestinians have been trying to find ways to wean themselves away from total dependency on Israel's economy for a long time.