coin·​age | \ ˈkȯi-nij How to pronounce coinage (audio) \

Definition of coinage

1 : the act or process of coining
2a : coins
b : something (such as a word) made up or invented

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The word “blog” is a recent coinage. Coinage was scarce in the colonies. an expert in Chinese coinage
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The emperor Yingzong simply gave up on the problem: China returned to coinage just as Europe was discovering the uses of paper. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The High Cost of Financial Panics," 10 Jan. 2019 Ataturk decreed a switch from the Arabic to the Latin alphabet and, in an extraordinary purge, sought to get rid of Arabic and Persian borrowings, replacing them with new coinages. The Economist, "Languages are a battleground for nationalists," 5 Sep. 2019 Perhaps unsurprisingly, given its original coinage within the ancient Roman credit systems, solidarity reemerged in eighteenth-century political discourse in conjunction with questions of debt. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 Societies had not yet devised coinage; instead, the metal was weighed on a scale to determine its value. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, "Meet the world’s first emperor," 18 June 2019 The British cringed over new American accents, coinages and vulgarisms. Time, "Americans and Brits Have Been Fighting Over the English Language for Centuries. Here’s How It Started," 11 June 2019 But last year, Yale Law School librarian Fred Shapiro uncovered an earlier column by Skolsky, written immediately after the 1934 ceremony, that casts doubt on his coinage claim. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "How Did the Academy Award Become the ‘Oscar’?," 22 Feb. 2019 The original series, which ran from 2003 to 2006 on Fox, was a comedy miracle, capturing the oblivious entitlement of the wealthy Bluth family with elaborate farce plots and enough inspired coinages to fill a vault. New York Times, "Review: ‘Arrested Development’ Chases Its Past, Slowly," 28 May 2018 The first contained a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolizes the monarch’s gift for food and clothing. Simon Perry,, "Prince Philip Abruptly Cancels Maundy Church Service with the Queen Prompting Health Fears," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of coinage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coinage

: the act of creating a new word or phrase that other people begin to use
: a word that someone has created
: money in the form of coins


coin·​age | \ ˈkȯi-nij How to pronounce coinage (audio) \

Kids Definition of coinage

1 : the act or process of making coins
2 : money in the form of coins
3 : a word or phrase that has recently been invented

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