Etymology
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shekel (n.)

early 13c., sicle, via Old French and Latin, from Hebrew sheqel, from shaqal "he weighed." Chief silver coin of ancient Hebrews, also a unit of weight. Modern form in English dates from mid-16c. As slang for "money," it dates from 1871.

updated on December 22, 2012

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Definitions of shekel from WordNet

shekel (n.)
the basic unit of money in Israel;
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