\ˈkȯin \

Definition of coin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic

a : corner, cornerstone, quoin

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 \ 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

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 The bags contain keepsakes such as an Order of Service for the royal wedding ceremony, a fridge magnet, a poncho in case of rain on the day, shortbread cookies, and chocolate coins. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gift Bags from Princess Eugenie's Wedding Are Selling for Less Than Meghan & Harry's $28,500 Record," 13 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vanilla Chai is a cool ash blonde shade first coined by Amy McManus, aka Instagram's @camouflageandbalayage. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Here’s Why Vanilla Chai Hair Is the Super Blonde Color for Fall," 17 Oct. 2018 Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to catch a man responsible for at least 12 killings and 50 rapes throughout California in the 1970s and '80s. CBS News, "Patton Oswalt: My late wife's book aided Golden State Killer hunt," 26 Apr. 2018 Since his rise, the style that is now being coined as emo rap has evolved from its cloud rap beginnings and newer artists have begun to play with the subgenre. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Fetty Wap, Ela Minus, Kitty," 23 Jan. 2018 And: 'Follow your bubble tea craving,' coined by yours truly. NBC News, "#RedefineAtoZ: Ivory Aquino, the 'When We Rise' Actress Who Followed Her Dreams Around the World," 16 Apr. 2018 And Oklahomans are proud to be called Okies, a term coined by Californians to disparage people who were fleeing the Dust Bowl. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "The Teachers’ Strike and the Democratic Revival in Oklahoma," 4 June 2017 If that doesn’t happen, management would’ve run it back this season with the Three Alphas, the colorful nickname Rondo coined for him and Wade signing to play alongside Butler. K.c. Johnson,, "Dwyane Wade's off-court work in his one season with Bulls made a powerful impact," 29 Mar. 2018 This goes back to early ’70s that Irving Janis was the social psychologist who coined the term groupthink. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Professor, psychologist and author Adam Grant on Recode Decode," 5 July 2018 When Wing coined the term Asperger’s syndrome, none of us was aware of Hans Asperger’s active support of the Nazi programme. Simon Baron-cohen, Scientific American, "The Truth About Hans Asperger’s Nazi Collusion," 17 May 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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