\ 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

Synonyms for coin

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Reason reported last month, drug dogs are often about as useful as a coin toss to determine whether a school locker, vehicle, or individual has drugs. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 30 May 2021 February 5, 2017 - Performs the coin toss at Super Bowl 51 in Houston. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 25 May 2021 This team's statistical analysis revealed that the choice between contracting or detaching was consistent the probability of a fair coin toss. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 22 May 2021 In cases of overtime, a coin toss will determine which team starts with possession. oregonlive, 18 May 2021 Whalen and Johnson had a three-point shooting contest at midfield instead of the coin toss. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 Some use the space to play a coin toss game known as sapo, according to Jim Burke, a volunteer with the 34th Avenue Open Streets Coalition. Katie Honan, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, thanks to a coin toss, Zach is accompanying Summer to prom. Olivia-anne Cleary, Vulture, 27 Apr. 2021 In 2020, the team that won the overtime coin toss went 4-5-1, and only one game ended with a touchdown on the first possession., 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The incident led the Hunting Team to coin a term for the premature exposure of a weakness in a ransomware strain. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, 24 May 2021 Harold Shand, the Cockney gangster brought to snarling life by Bob Hoskins, is a man who knows how to coin a memorable phrase. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 22 Feb. 2021 In his view, women might coin euphemisms to avoid unpleasantness, but men were responsible for slang, where the vibrancy, creativity, and vitality of language could be found. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Dec. 2020 Mobile-service providers, like any consumer company, can’t resist the opportunity to slap on a logo or coin a buzzy new abbreviation. Scott Moritz,, 24 Oct. 2020 Mandy sets out to find the owner of the book, letter, and coin with the help of Jonah (Bradford B. Johnson), a contractor who first came upon and donated the book. Dan Snierson,, 17 Sep. 2020 One study found that half of covid-19 patients have gastrointestinal symptoms, and specialists have coined a Twitter hashtag, #NotJustCough, to raise awareness of them. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2020 In Japan, a new word has been coined, on-nomi (オン飲み), which refers to drinking with friends online. Esther Mobley,, 19 Mar. 2020 Rajavel gives the example of matar paneer, a North Indian sauce made by cooking paneer and green peas in spicy onion tomato masala that has been coined as a curry dish on Western menus. Brianna Holt, Quartz, 22 Jan. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of coin was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Coin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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