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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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 So some of that coinage was made in the 1700s, some of it in the 1600s. Chris Varias,, "Got old or rare coins? Head to Sharonville this weekend," 28 June 2018 Fert, of the University of Paris South, was credited with developing the term giant magnetoresistance, a coinage that recognized how much more powerful an effect the layer technique had on currents. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Peter Gruenberg, Nobel-winning scientist who advanced computer technology, dies at 78," 10 Apr. 2018 The politics of the ballroom may be fascinating, but Paris Is Burning first sizzled the national consciousness with the brilliance of its subjects—their unforgettable verbal coinages, their impeccable looks, their bizarrely beautiful moves. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Pose and the Uncapturable Brilliance of the Ballroom," 7 June 2018 For instance, during the reign of Nero, Rome dropped to using just 80 percent pure silver for its coinage, reducing the need for smelting silver and leading to a period where older coins were recycled. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Greenland’s Ice Provides a Year-By-Year Account of the Roman Empire’s Economy," 16 May 2018 Wolfe kept up his penchant for concocting new words in the go-go ’80s, such as his coinage of plutography, a play on pornography. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "The Lexicon of Tom Wolfe," 15 May 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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