greatest vs sterling what difference

what is difference between greatest and sterling



  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪtɛst/
  • Hyphenation: great‧est
  • Rhymes: -ɛst



  1. superlative form of great: most great
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III scene ii[1]:
      Caliban: [] I never saw a woman / But only Sycorax, my dam, and she; / But she as far surpasseth Sycorax / As great’st does least.

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From Middle English sterling, sterlinge, sterlynge, starling, of uncertain origin. Possibly from sterling (starling) (the bird), which at one time was engraved on one quarter of the coin; or perhaps from Middle English sterre (star) + -ling (as in shilling), as some Norman coins presumably featured stars on them.

For the UK currency gloss, the term is a contraction of esterling, referring to eastern merchants from Baltic towns who established a bullion weight standard for transactions.(Taylor and Palmer, 1968)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstɜː(ɹ).lɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)lɪŋ


sterling (countable and uncountable, plural sterlings)

  1. The currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound.
  2. Former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.
    • 1793, Stephen Martin Leake, An Historical Account of English Money from the Conquest to the Present Time
      Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second’s reign.
  3. Sterling silver, or articles made from this material.
  4. A structure of pilings that protects the piers of a bridge; a starling.



sterling (comparative more sterling, superlative most sterling)

  1. (not comparable) of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage.
  2. (not comparable) of, relating to, or made from sterling silver.
  3. Of acknowledged worth or influence; high quality; authoritative.
  4. Genuine; true; pure; of great value or excellence.
    • 2016 January 31, “Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?,” Vanity Fair (retrieved 21 January 2016):
      But Rodríguez says, “Neither the law nor the facts support Senator Grassley’s baseless allegations and extrapolated conclusions. It is disappointing that the senator and his staff continue to focus a politically motivated campaign on Ms. Abedin, who has been known her entire professional life for hard work, integrity, and her sterling reputation. It is people like Ms. Abedin whom we should all want in public service.”



  • Taylor, Isaac; Palmer, Abram Smythe (1968). Words and places; or, Etymological illustrations of history, ethnology, and geography. University of Michigan. Detroit, Gale Research Co.


  • Giltners, Tinglers, glistren, ringlets, tinglers, tringles

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