- noun1》 a former British coin and monetary unit equal to one twentieth of a pound or twelve pence.2》 the basic monetary unit of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, equal to 100 cents.Phrasesnot the full shilling Brit. informal not very clever.take the King's (or Queen's) shilling Brit. enlist as a soldier. [with ref. to the former practice of paying a shilling to a new recruit.]OriginOE scilling, of Gmc origin.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.