\ 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 coin (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of coin in a Sentence

Noun I have a dollar in coins. seeking a job that pays plenty of coin Verb The coach coined the phrase “refuse to lose.” William Shakespeare is believed to have coined many words. The nation plans to coin more money.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their captains were on the field for the coin flip at Super Bowl LVI in February. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 Their success captured national attention, leading to their captains being on the field during the coin flip at Super Bowl LVI in February of this year. Lauren Huff,, 28 July 2022 But the work of defensive line coach Freddie Roach — a native of Florence — and cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson secured what some called a ‘coin flip’ between Georgia, Texas A&M and others. Nick Alvarez |, al, 12 July 2022 From 1946-68, with just two teams involved, the team with the game’s best record won 12 of 23 years, or 52%, a bit better odds than a coin flip. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 The Indiana Pacers won a coin flip in 1978 to earn the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 21 June 2022 An onstage coin flip decided the casting, a high-stakes and thrillingly theatrical move that underlined the arbitrariness of an unstable monarchy. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 At a glance, the choice between Pete DiCianni and Greg Hart to become the Republican nominee for DuPage County Board chair later this month might seem like a coin flip. John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, 4 June 2022 As a result, the predictive value of testing drug toxicity in non-human animals can be a little better than a coin flip. Jim Corbett, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But to coin a phrase, necessity is the mother of invention, and businesses must have confidence that AI will give their legal teams the power to navigate today's landscape of regulatory unpredictability. Eleanor Weaver, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Island-ism, to coin a word, has reigned forever since, imprinted ineradicably in the psyche of Britain’s inhabitants. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 27 May 2022 With a history and stronghold in the manufacturing industry, IFS wants to coin the term and concept of ‘servitization’ as a way of describing the perfect storm where both suppliers and customers want outcomes more than products. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 This means that the aesthetic isn't just for grandmothers and seaside dwellers, but anyone who appreciates the vibes of Nancy Meyers' films or visiting relatives that live near the beach, both of which first inspired Nicoleta to coin the term. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 The suffix was an ADS nominee for most creative word of 2021, probably because it has been used to coin names for hundreds of music genres and aesthetic styles over the past two years. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2022 The Rams looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders and the fans rocked the stadium, inspiring Times columnist Bill Plaschke to coin a new term. Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2022 In Week 1461 the Empress asked the Loser Community to coin words based on people’s names. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 This move led Forrester to coin a new security strategy — zero trust. Robert Fly, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 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,, 21 June 2017 See More

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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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“Coin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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, The Adventures of 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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