Sterling vs Poundage - What's the difference?

sterling | poundage |

As nouns the difference between sterling and poundage

is that sterling is the currency of the united kingdom; especially the pound while poundage is (countable) a charge based on the weight of something in pounds.

As an adjective sterling

is of, or relating to british currency, or the former british coinage.

As a verb poundage is

to collect, as poundage; to assess, or rate, by poundage.



  • The currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound.
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  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“… among the objects stolen was the famous parure of Black Diamonds, for which a bid of half a million sterling had just been made and accepted. […]”}}
  • Former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.
  • * S. M. Leake
  • Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second's reign.
  • Sterling silver, or articles made from this material.
  • A structure of pilings that protects the piers of a bridge; a starling.
  • Adjective

  • of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage.
  • of, relating to, or made from sterling silver.
  • Of acknowledged worth or influence; high quality; authoritative.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2014 , date=December 13 , author=Mandeep Sanghera , title=Burnley 1-0 Southampton , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Southampton had been hoping to get back to winning ways to prove to their critics there was substance to their sterling start to the season.}}
  • Genuine; true; pure; of great value or excellence.
  • Anagrams





    (wikipedia poundage)
  • (countable) a charge based on the weight of something in pounds
  • (countable) a charge based on the value of something in pounds sterling
  • (countable) a weight measured in pounds
  • (countable) a fee charged for keeping an animal in a pound, or for its release
  • (uncountable) the keeping of an animal in a pound
  • Verb

  • To collect, as poundage; to assess, or rate, by poundage.