\ 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 That's what keeps the value of each coin relatively low — especially compared with bitcoin, which is a scarce resource in comparison. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Bitcoin? Ethereum? Dogecoin? Your guide to the biggest names in crypto," 22 Apr. 2021 Apple also unveiled a new subscription option for podcasts and a gadget called AirTags — coin-sized devices that can be attached to keys, backpacks, purses and other items to help people track them down via iPhone if they're misplaced. Michael Liedtke, ajc, "Apple unveils new products, schedules privacy crackdown," 20 Apr. 2021 Art and objectification are opposite sides of the coin. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "The FCC Received Over 1,000 Complaints for Grammys ‘WAP’ Performance," 13 Apr. 2021 Your exuberance might lead you to base your decisions on the flip of a coin. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 12, 2021: Happy birthday Andy Garcia; Scorpio, try not to be stubborn," 12 Apr. 2021 In perhaps the most jaw-dropping disclosure, the indictment detailed the trio’s plot for a fraudulent initial coin offering. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "These are the largest cyber thefts of the past decade—and 80% of them involve Bitcoin," 7 Apr. 2021 On the other side of the coin, Smart's greatest NCAA accomplishment was leading VCU to the Final Four in 2011. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shaka Smart's NCAA Tournament record lacks wins at Texas, but it's littered with unlucky breaks, too," 29 Mar. 2021 This week’s column addresses the other side of the coin, as four legislative proposals are pending that would not help California’s 50,000-plus homeowners associations. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Some bad pending HOA legislation," 27 Mar. 2021 That’s a lot of coin for a guy who has averaged 6½ sacks per season and never fulfilled expectations in Pittsburgh., "NFL free agency’s best moves and biggest head-scratchers," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 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, "Flappers said ‘baloney!’ to the idea that slang was for men," 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,, "Apple 5G iPhones Arrive With an Alphabet Soup of Abbreviations," 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,, "All the details on Lifetime's 30 Christmas movies: See first-look photos," 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, "Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere.," 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,, "The coronavirus is driving us to drink. Maybe that’s OK," 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, "Why Americans call foreign foods by the wrong names," 22 Jan. 2020 And some travel retailers have coined a day of their own, Travel Tuesday, which is Dec. 3. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Black Friday, Cyber Monday travel deals: Flights, cruises, hotels, more sales for your next trip," 27 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of coin was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Coin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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