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noun mon·ey \ˈmə-nē\

Simple Definition of money

  • : 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

Full Definition of money

plural moneys or mon·ies play \ˈmə-nēz\

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 a :  wealth reckoned in terms of money b :  an amount of money c plural :  sums of money :  funds

  3. 3 :  a form or denomination of coin or paper money

  4. 4 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>

  5. 5 a :  persons or interests possessing or controlling great wealth b :  a position of wealth <born into money>

for one's money
  1. :  according to one's preference or opinion

on the money
  1. :  exactly right or accurate

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

Rhymes with money



adjective mon·ey

Definition of money

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

Circa 1934

First Known Use of money

circa 1934

MONEY Defined for Kids


noun mon·ey \ˈmə-nē\

Definition of money

plural moneys or mon·ies \-ēz\

  1. 1 :  something (such as coins or bills) used to buy goods and services and to pay people for their work

  2. 2 :  a person's wealth

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