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1coin

noun \ˈkin\

: a small, flat, and usually round piece of metal issued by a government as money

Full Definition of COIN

1
archaic
a :  corner, cornerstone, quoin
b :  wedge
2
a :  a usually flat piece of metal issued by governmental authority as money
b :  metal money
c :  something resembling a coin especially in shape
3
:  something used as if it were money (as in verbal or intellectual exchange) <perhaps wisecracks … are respectable literary coin in the United States — Times Literary Supplement> <would repay him with the full coin of his mind — Ian Fleming>
4
:  something having two different and usually opposing sides —usually used in the phrase the other side of the coin
5
:  money <I'm in it for the coin — Sinclair Lewis>

Examples of COIN

  1. I have a dollar in coins.
  2. <seeking a job that pays plenty of coin>

Origin of COIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French coing wedge, corner, from Latin cuneus wedge
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Monetary Terms

clad, legend, numismatic, obverse, reverse, scrip, series, specie

Rhymes with COIN

2coin

verb

: to create (a new word or phrase) that other people begin to use

: to make (money in the form of coins)

Full Definition of COIN

transitive verb
1
a :  to make (a coin) especially by stamping :  mint
b :  to convert (metal) into coins
2
:  create, invent <coin a phrase>
coin·er \ˈki-nər\ noun
coin money
:  to get rich quickly

Examples of COIN

  1. The coach coined the phrase refuse to lose.
  2. William Shakespeare is believed to have coined many words.
  3. The nation plans to coin more money.

First Known Use of COIN

14th century

Other Monetary Terms

clad, legend, numismatic, obverse, reverse, scrip, series, specie

3coin

adjective

Definition of COIN

1
:  of or relating to coins
2
:  operated by coins

First Known Use of COIN

circa 1566

Other Monetary Terms

clad, legend, numismatic, obverse, reverse, scrip, series, specie
COINER Defined for Kids

1coin

noun \ˈkin\

Definition of COIN for Kids

1
:  a piece of metal put out by government authority as money
2
:  metal money <… the quantity of coin he had seen was too vast to be real. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer>

2coin

verb
coinedcoin·ing

Definition of COIN for Kids

1
:  to make coins especially by stamping pieces of metal :  mint
2
:  to make metal (as gold or silver) into coins
3
:  to make up (a new word or phrase)

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