What does the word pelf mean?

Usage examples for pelf

  1. That is how they come to distinction: they have no other chance; they are only women; they are mad to be singed, and they rush pelf- mall, all for the honour of the candle. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. I sometimes fancy that when I'm king, And my gallant courtiers form a ring, Each so careless of power and pelf, Each so thoughtful for all but self, I'd give the best on his bended knee- Yes, barter them all, for the loyalty Of Little Giffin of Tennessee. – Journeys Through Bookland Volume Four by Charles H. Sylvester
  3. They, who at the same time have no delicacy and no shame, count fearful odds; and, much as is murmured about the false estimation of riches, there is little doubt that the parvenus as often owe their advancement in society to their perseverance as to their pelf. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli