\ 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 coiner (audio) \ 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

When the stars align on these things, the two works can complement each other as two sides of the same coin. Michael Nordine, Los Angeles Times, "Should you read ‘It’ and ‘The Goldfinch’ before seeing the movies?," 14 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Two sides of the same coin, went existing thinking, which assumed perfect knowledge on the part of bureaucrats. The Economist, "Martin Weitzman died on August 27th," 5 Sep. 2019 But here’s the other side of the coin: What are Democrats doing to hold Trump accountable? NBC News, "The next debate will go to ten: What we learned from this week's polls," 28 Aug. 2019 Tether’s use has been growing, as more of the coin has been issued. Olga Kharif, Fortune, "CryptoKitties Ran Wild on Ethereum First. Now Tether Is Clogging the Digital Ledger," 26 Aug. 2019 The slippers can represent both sides of that coin. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz became the ultimate Hollywood symbol," 25 Aug. 2019 Her four-show run in New York (two shows at Madison Square Garden and two at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center) marked both the highest-grossing and best-selling North American engagements of her career, but on opposite sides of the coin. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour is Her Biggest Yet –- And She's Not Even Halfway Done," 14 Aug. 2019 On the other side of the coin, the Sony absolutely stomped the other two in low-light performance and image clarity, which isn’t a surprise because its sensor is twice the size. Brent Rose, The Verge, "DJI Osmo Action review: giving GoPro real competition," 5 Aug. 2019 On the other side of the coin, a Brissett deep ball can be a beautiful thing. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' training camp observations: Jack Doyle, Deon Cain ready right from the start," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The groups that coined these terms have all made contributions to our language, which in turn belongs to all of us. Alec Dent, National Review, "The Natural Evolution of Language Is Not ‘Cultural Appropriation’," 3 Sep. 2019 The star of The Wizard of Oz suffered from an eating disorder before the phrase was coined. David Blistein, Time, "America's War on Drugs Has Treated People Unequally Since Its Beginning," 12 Aug. 2019 The boulders are a form of hostile architecture or defensive design, terms coined to describe impediments used in cities across the country to discourage sleeping on park benches, along roadways and near storefronts., "Portland’s homeless campers face new obstacle: piles of boulders," 4 July 2019 More times than not, an empty-handed stroll into Bloomingdale’s yields a loping out with its iconic brown shopping bag, so the department store has appropriately released a limited-edition rainbow bag, coined the Little Pride Bag. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Pride Month Came Early at the Bloomingdale’s Pride for All Dinner," 30 May 2019 The phrase was coined by social researcher Mark McCrindle, founder of marketing and trend forecasting firm, McCrindle. Wired, "Marketers Wanted a New Generation to Target, Hence Alphas," 17 Sep. 2019 Back then, the most exciting, and sometimes most culture-defining, slang was being coined constantly, in real time. Wired, "What Happened to Urban Dictionary?," 11 Sep. 2019 In a 2017 article published in the California Law Review, two professors, Elizabeth Pollman and Jordan Barry, coined a term for an increasingly popular business strategy: regulatory entrepreneurship. Kashmir Hill, The New Yorker, "The Perils of Semi-Legal Poker," 8 Sep. 2019 Bennett Tepper, a management and human resources researcher at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University in Columbus, coined the term abusive supervision in 2000, more than a decade after the debut of Dilbert. Chris Woolston, Quartz at Work, "How to deal with an abusive boss," 29 Aug. 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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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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