shekel

Pronunciations

shekel (SHEH-kel)
shekel (SHEH-kuhl)

Definitions

  • n. "1. The silver coin...used by the Jews in Biblical times...Today, it is the name for the monetary unit in the State of Israel. 2. Slang for cash or money." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "I paid seven shekel for falafel."

  • "Can't buy lunch today, I'm out of shekels."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • שקל

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      sheqel

Notes

  • Israelis use the new shekel, as there was also a shekel currency during the 1st & 2nd Temple periods. Hebrew plural is shkalim / shekalim / sheqalim (שקלים), but in Jewish English the "s" plural is often used.

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