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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shek-uh l]
    • /ˈʃɛk əl/
    • /ˈʃek.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shek-uh l]
    • /ˈʃɛk əl/

Definitions of shekel word

  • noun shekel Also, sheqel. a paper money, cupronickel or silver coin, and monetary unit of Israel equal to 100 agorot: replaced the pound in 1980. 1
  • noun shekel an ancient, originally Babylonian, unit of weight, of varying value, taken as equal to the fiftieth or the sixtieth part of a mina or to about a quarter to half an ounce. 1
  • noun shekel a coin of this weight, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews. 1
  • noun shekel shekels, Slang. money; cash. 1
  • noun shekel currency of Israel 1
  • noun,plural shekel money, cash 1

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Origin of shekel

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1550-60, shekel is from the Hebrew word sheqel

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shekel popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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