noun, often attributive \ˈmə-nē\

: something (such as coins or bills) used as a way to pay for goods and services and to pay people for their work

: a person's wealth : the money that a person has

monies : amounts of money

plural moneys or mon·ies \ˈmə-nēz\

Full Definition of MONEY

:  something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment: as
a :  officially coined or stamped metal currency
b :  money of account
c :  paper money
a :  wealth reckoned in terms of money
b :  an amount of money
c plural :  sums of money :  funds
:  a form or denomination of coin or paper money
a :  the first, second, and third place winners (as in a horse or dog race) —usually used in the phrases in the money or out of the money
b :  prize money <his horse took third money>
a :  persons or interests possessing or controlling great wealth
b :  a position of wealth <born into money>
money table

Examples of MONEY

  1. That painting must be worth a lot of money.
  2. He earned some money last summer as a musician.
  3. We're trying to save enough money for a new car.
  4. The town is raising money for the elementary school.
  5. Friends would always ask her for money.
  6. It's an interesting idea, but there's no money in it: it'll never sell.
  7. He made his money in the insurance business.
  8. They decided to put all their money in the stock market.
  9. We didn't have much money when I was growing up.
  10. Most of the project is being paid for by federal monies.

Origin of MONEY

Middle English moneye, from Anglo-French moneie, from Latin moneta mint, money — more at mint
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Monetary Terms

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

Rhymes with MONEY



Definition of MONEY

:  involving or reliable in a crucial situation <a money player> <a money pitch>

First Known Use of MONEY

circa 1934

Rhymes with MONEY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Commodity accepted by general consent as a medium of economic exchange. It is the medium in which prices and values are expressed; it circulates from person to person and country to country, thus facilitating trade. Throughout history various commodities have been used as money, including seashells, beads, and cattle, but since the 17th century the most common forms have been metal coins, paper notes, and bookkeeping entries. In standard economic theory, money is held to have four functions: to serve as a medium of exchange universally accepted in return for goods and services; to act as a measure of value, making possible the operation of the price system and the calculation of cost, profit, and loss; to serve as a standard of deferred payments, the unit in which loans are made and future transactions are fixed; and to provide a means of storing wealth not immediately required for use. Metals, especially gold and silver, have been used for money for at least 4,000 years; standardized coins have been minted for perhaps 2,600 years. In the late 18th and early 19th century, banks began to issue notes redeemable in gold or silver, which became the principal money of industrial economies. Temporarily during World War I and permanently from the 1930s, most nations abandoned the gold standard. To most individuals today, money consists of coins, notes, and bank deposits. In terms of the economy, however, the total money supply is several times as large as the sum total of individual money holdings so defined, since most of the deposits placed in banks are loaned out, thus multiplying the money supply several times over. See also soft money.


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