\ ˈkȯin How to pronounce coin (audio) \

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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coiner \ ˈkȯi-​nər How to pronounce coiner (audio) \ 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

In 13 years of scuba diving with a metal detector in shallow lakes and ponds throughout the Boston area, Luke Berube has found valuable coins, platinum jewelry, a colonial shoe buckle from the mid-1700s and much more. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "A scuba diver found a 59-year-old class ring at the bottom of a pond. Then the search began for its owner.," 5 July 2019 Some started to throw coins, stones and bottles at the car and at officers. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Stonewall Uprising: 50 Years Later, a Celebration Blends Pride and Resistance," 28 June 2019 And while there are some amazing prestige items and rescue skin care out there that cost some big coins, there are some effective products that keep skin looking just as great as their pricier counterparts. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "10 Beauty Items Under $20 That Help You Fight Acne," 27 June 2019 The Zimbabwe dollar comprises of bond notes, coins, electronic balances and the RTGS dollar. Chris Muronzi, Quartz Africa, "The Zimbabwean dollar makes a return a decade later but uncertainty reigns," 26 June 2019 The agency also discourages charging e-cigarettes overnight or allowing batteries to come into contact with coins, keys or other metal. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Vape pen explodes, shattering teen's jaw amid rising concerns over batteries," 19 June 2019 Imagine’ Police later recovered a few items from the other side of the hedge wall on Newton’s property the robbers slipped through — including a watch, a white shoe, coins, and a bottle of Stefano Ricci cologne, the Associated Press reported. Dave Quinn,, "Wayne Newton Says He Fired a Pistol Shot as Burglars Fled His Home," 19 June 2019 This single-issue extreme political formation also emphasizes hostility to immigration, the other side of the Brexit coin, and a generalized form of nationalism. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: British politics reflect change — and stability," 14 June 2019 There are two dozen ancient artifacts: coins, fragments of wall paintings, even glassware. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The well-worn, and in this case apt, saying that peace is more than an absence of war could have been coined for today’s Northern Ireland. K. V. Turley, National Review, "Border Posts and Border Ghosts," 1 July 2019 The Milwaukee Public Market may have coined a new phrase for beer lovers: the beer patio. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beer patio? Milwaukee Public Market and Draft & Vessel create a new category of outdoor drinking," 14 June 2019 Fair Oaks has been coined the Disneyland of the industry and earned praise for pulling back the curtain on agricultural practices. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "It's vigilante activist vs. politically connected farmer in Fair Oaks cruelty controversy," 7 June 2019 Wilczek has previously coined terms like axions, anyons (quasiparticles that may be useful for quantum computing) and time crystals (structures that move in regular and repeating patterns without using energy). Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 It was first coined after the Pratt shooting, but has taken on a life of its own, Irvin said. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora honors 911 operators by naming 25 grand marshals for July 4 parade," 5 June 2019 Or do this: Take a page from French philosopher Guy DeBord, who coined the term psychogeography, an approach to geography that emphasizes playful wandering and includes instructions for a fruitful walking sessions called dérives (drifts). Joshua David Stein, Esquire, "6 Ways To Use Your Lunch Hour to the Fullest," 17 May 2017 Gordon Moore, the engineer who coined the law, co-founded Intel a few years later. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Intel’s CTO on Computers That Think Like Us," 7 Feb. 2019 But actually understanding intersectionality requires going back to the work of the woman who coined the term: Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a law professor with dual appointments at Columbia and UCLA. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 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)


\ ˈkȯin How to pronounce coin (audio) \

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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