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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Examples of coinage in a Sentence

The word “blog” is a recent coinage. Coinage was scarce in the colonies. an expert in Chinese coinage
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Recent Examples on the Web The debasing of the currency in the fire’s aftermath — the proportion of pure silver in Roman coinage at one stage fell to 80 percent — also alarmed them. Washington Post, "What was Nero really doing while Rome burned?," 20 Nov. 2020 In 1526, Henry VIII and his chief advisor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, reformed England’s coinage in hopes of regulating the kingdom’s economy. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Gardeners Unearth Coins Inscribed With Initials of Henry VIII’s First Three Wives," 11 Dec. 2020 That’s a coinage gaining currency among some space thinkers, including Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 Almost immediately, the coinage elicited a particularly human reaction: ridicule. New York Times, "‘Thumb-Stopping,’ ‘Humaning,’ ‘B4H’: The Strange Language of Modern Marketing," 25 Nov. 2020 Gareth Williams, the curator of early-medieval coinage and Viking collections at the British Museum, became entranced by the Norse world as a small child, while paging through a library book. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Curse of the Buried Treasure," 9 Nov. 2020 Against the new coinage of isolationism, advocates presented armed supremacy as simultaneously dominating power politics and transcending it. Washington Post, "When America decided to rule the world," 2 Nov. 2020 Perhaps because of his long-standing interest in alchemy, Newton strove for mathematical precision in the purity of coinage throughout Britain. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Interest Rates at Four Thousand Year Lows (What Could Go Wrong?)," 13 Oct. 2020 Goldstein often discusses problems in economies based on coinage, such as the practice of shaving off small parts of precious metal coins to make counterfeits. Kevin O’kelly, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Money’ tells the history of currency – with some digressions," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of coinage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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30 Dec 2020

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“Coinage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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