variants or I.C.O.
plural ICOs or I.C.O.s
: an initial offering of a cryptocurrency to the public : initial coin offering
The venture capital industry is beginning to take a good, hard look at a new financial instrument coming out of the bitcoin community—Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs.Richard Kastelein

Examples of ICO in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The business has its roots in the period of initial coin offering (ICO) boom and bust in 2018. David Prosser, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 There are echoes of the 2017 ICO (initial coin offering) bubble when several new coins struggled after the initial rush. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, 24 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

2014, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ICO was in 2014

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“ICO.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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