from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to the money of the Easterlings, or Baltic traders. See sterling.
- n. A native of a country eastward of another; -- used, by the English, of traders or others from the coasts of the Baltic.
- n. A piece of money coined in the east by Richard II. of England.
- n. The smew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A native of some country lying eastward of another; an Oriental: formerly applied in England to the Hanse merchants and to traders in general from parts of Germany and from the shores of the Baltic.
- n. The name given to the English silver pennies (also called sterlings) of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries; also to European imitations of the same. See sterling.
- n. The common widgeon, Mareca penelope. Latham.
- n. The smew or white nun, Mergellus albellus. Montagu.
- Belonging to the money of the Easterlings or Baltic traders. See sterling.
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Anthony, I think Peterson,Karl easterling will probably make Filnet code available.
Many of them were easterling hulks laden with stores for a new invasion of England.
Eastphalian traders, the ancestors of the merchant princes of Hamburg, were known in England by the name of _Easterlings_; and their money being of the purest quality, _easterling_, in Latin esterlingus, shortened to
“You’m right, captain,” sang out a tall gaunt fellow who stood close to him; “one westcountry-man can fight two easterlings, and an easterling can beat three Dons any day.
"You'm right, captain," sang out a tall gaunt fellow who stood close to him; "one westcountry-man can fight two easterlings, and an easterling can beat three Dons any day.