\ ˈkȯin \

Definition of coin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic

b : wedge
2a : a usually flat piece of metal issued by governmental authority as money
b : metal money
c : something resembling a coin especially in shape
d : a unit of a cryptocurrency I also caution market participants against promoting or touting the offer and sale of coins without first determining whether the securities laws apply to those actions.— Jay Clayton
3 : something used as if it were money (as in verbal or intellectual exchange) perhaps wisecracks … are respectable literary coin in the U.S.The Times Literary Supplement (London) 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 informal : money I'm in it for the coin— Sinclair Lewis


coined; coining; coins

Definition of coin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make (a coin) especially by stamping : mint
b : to convert (metal) into coins
2 : create, invent coin a phrase
coin money
: to get rich quickly



Definition of coin (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from coin


coiner \ ˈkȯi-​nər \ noun

Synonyms for coin

Synonyms: Noun

bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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Examples of coin in a Sentence


I have a dollar in coins. seeking a job that pays plenty of coin


The coach coined the phrase “refuse to lose.” William Shakespeare is believed to have coined many words. The nation plans to coin more money.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Davidson, a member of the Republican Party's Freedom Caucus, is also drafting proposed legislation to regulate cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ohio Congressman: We can fund border wall with “WallCoin”," 13 Dec. 2018 The other side of the same coin is that, according to the IEA, investment in renewables declined by 7% in 2017. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The far-right and the far-left aren’t two sides of the same coin. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Times Trump Has Incited Violence Against People He Dislikes," 30 Oct. 2018 On the other side of the coin, the Griffin can only carry six soldiers, but then again, the Army might want a smaller and lighter vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley," 10 Oct. 2018 Remember, construction and destruction are ultimately two sides of the same coin: In nature, the rotting leaf provides the nutrients for a new bud to bloom. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The gift bag at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding featured trinkets such as a magnet and a large chocolate coin, and one bag was even re-sold on eBay for $28,500. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Gift Bags Every Guest Will Get at Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Willemen and her son were gifted goodie bags with biscuits, a magnet, a chocolate coin, and a poncho. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 For her service Betty has been awarded the Silver Service Medallion by the National WWII Museum, and President Barack Obama presented her with a coin with the presidential seal. Shaniqwa Jarvis, Glamour, "The 97-Year-Old Park Ranger Who Doesn’t Have Time for Foolishness," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And partly because of a phenomenon the French have coined a phrase for: l’esprit d’escalier. Cindy Dampier,, "Fired French waiter isn't the only rude person around. Can meanness kill?," 29 Mar. 2018 Try it with pineapple juice for a drink Cîroc has coined the Coco Loso. Fox News, "5 of the world’s best flavored vodkas," 11 Dec. 2015 According to the Times, orbiting in its current definition was coined by Anna Iovine in an article for Man Repeller. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, ""Orbiting" Is the New Breakup Habit That's Worse Than Ghosting," 11 Dec. 2018 The term was first coined on Twitter in 2016, but has gained traction over the past two years as, time and time again, a good viral moment is ruined by its inevitably dark underbelly. Kathryn Lindsay,, "There's No Such Thing As A "Good" Viral Moment Anymore," 10 July 2018 The #ChangetheRef campaign, for example, was coined and is led by Joaquin Oliver’s Venezuelan parents, who have become the voice of the movement in Spanish. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Here’s the real ‘Hogg Effect’ coming to a city near you: Effective political action," 5 June 2018 The four-bedroom, three-bath property coined Kinderhill Farm features an early 19th-century farmhouse merged with a larger federal style main house. Megan Barber, Curbed, "19th-century estate with picture-perfect red barn wants $2M," 6 Dec. 2018 The Daily Mail also speculates about the meaning behind the name, suggesting that the royals may have coined the moniker ahead of their first royal tour, which will take them to Australia, or Oz as it's sometimes known. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Dog Has the Most Adorable and Unusual Name," 2 Sep. 2018 In the decades since Langmuir coined the term, the stuff has flourished in TVs, neon signs, fluorescent light, watches and yes, rockets. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Plasma Thrusters Are About To Have Their Moment," 30 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The victim told him where to find a bedroom safe and coin jar, which together contained $230. Kim Chatelain,, "Franklinton man to serve 15 years for armed robbery in bathroom," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of coin


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coin


Middle English, from Anglo-French coing wedge, corner, from Latin cuneus wedge

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English Language Learners Definition of coin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of coin (Entry 2 of 2)

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

: to make (money in the form of coins)


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Kids Definition of coin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


coined; coining

Kids Definition of coin (Entry 2 of 2)

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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