\ 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

One exception is a figure of Agrippa, the person in charge of building the aqueduct in 19 B.C. Tradition states that visitors who want to return to Rome in the future should turn their back and toss a coin into the fountain. USA TODAY, "Beautiful views of Rome's iconic Trevi Fountain," 21 Apr. 2018 The commemorative coins included in this year's purses celebrated Queen Victoria's 200th birthday, as well as one of the U.K.'s most enduring fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 2019 The photo showed the 36-year-old sitting with his feet up, holding out a sobriety coin from the Betty Ford Center for addiction. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Matt Brown Says Life 'Keeps Getting Better' After Rehab," 14 Apr. 2019 Though, of course, that contract has probably been terminated, Jordyn definitely made some coin modeling for Khloé's highly successful jean line. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Jordyn Woods' Net Worth is Still Insane Even Without Kylie Jenner's Support," 3 Apr. 2019 Appealing to comics fans with games based on their beloved characters is only one side of the metaphorical coin to this world of crossovers, though. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Facebook is apparently far from actually releasing the coin, so don’t necessarily expect to see a real-world implementation anytime soon. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Facebook reportedly building cryptocurrency for WhatsApp money transfers," 21 Dec. 2018 Workers have made an unexpected discovery when demolishing an uninhabited house in France — 600 gold coins. Fox News, "Gold coins worth $117G discovered in abandoned house," 2 Oct. 2018 Or more recently, in 2016, when a man broke into her home and stole her presidential coin. 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

The term was coined around 2016, about the time that seriously innovative ideas started popping up in that particular sliver of space. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 Egyptomania is a term coined in the 19th century to describe the mental state of the first wave of 19th-century European and American travelers agog at Egypt’s ancient treasures. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Misogynoir—the term for the specific hatred of black women, coined by Moya Bailey—is its own special problem in arenas where antiquated views on femininity are supposed to be upheld. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Racist, Sexist History of Tennis," 18 Sep. 2018 The Department of Transportation coined a term for the drop in prices and increase in passengers when Southwest entered a market: The Southwest Effect. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher," 8 Jan. 2019 In the context of American politics and design, the nomenclature for our current era is yet to be coined. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Remembering Decorating Legend Mario Buatta," 17 Oct. 2018 These sorts of self-serving excuses are so common that psychologists have coined a name for the practice. Andrew Santella, Time, "The Real Reason You Procrastinate," 19 Mar. 2018 In fact, fun-to-play-with products have become such a phenomenon that Glow Recipe's Christine Chang has coined an official term for it: skin + entertainment = skintertainment. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "5 "Skintertainment" Products You and Your Girlfriends Should Try Tonight," 9 Sep. 2016 The term #MeToo was first coined by Tarana Burke, an activist from New York City. Julissa Treviño, Vox, "California Democratic Party leader resigns amid sexual misconduct claims," 30 Nov. 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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one that collects or salvages junk

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