\ 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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Other Words from coin


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

Harrop herself has experienced both sides of the coin, having received inpatient treatment for anorexia at lower and higher weights. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment," 20 Feb. 2019 If there's rain in the forecast, make sure your tires have good tread by sticking a coin in the groove of your tire. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 At second base, for Asuaje’s statistical advantage and all-around improvements, it could be considered a coin flip between him and Spangenberg. Kevin Acee,, "Padres improvement will mean tough choices for team, players," 27 Mar. 2018 When the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime to advance to Sunday’s Super Bowl, some fans complained that tossing a coin to see which of two evenly matched teams gets the ball first isn’t fair. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Fans Flip Out Over NFL’s Rule on Coin Toss and Overtime. Is It Fair?," 1 Feb. 2019 Some quantum in your equivalence In relativity, mass and energy are two sides of the same coin. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Einstein’s equivalence principle updated with a dash of quantum," 14 Aug. 2018 And of course after word got around that Jordan had flipped a coin to decide the winner on his season of The Bachelor, the group really grilled him. Chris Harrison,, "Bachelor Winter Games: Chris Harrison Wonders If Clare Made a 'Mistake' in Saying Goodbye to Benoit," 16 Feb. 2018 Some said the men flipped a coin to determine the order. Dan Horn,, "Yes, we used to hang people on Fifth Street: A brief history of Cincinnati executions," 15 Feb. 2018 One recipient from his service in World War II flipped the coin. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Super Bowl 2018: Eagles pull off stunning win over Patriots -- live updates," 5 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Department of Transportation coined a term for the drop in prices and increase in passengers when Southwest entered a market: The Southwest Effect. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher," 8 Jan. 2019 In the context of American politics and design, the nomenclature for our current era is yet to be coined. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Remembering Decorating Legend Mario Buatta," 17 Oct. 2018 These sorts of self-serving excuses are so common that psychologists have coined a name for the practice. Andrew Santella, Time, "The Real Reason You Procrastinate," 19 Mar. 2018 In fact, fun-to-play-with products have become such a phenomenon that Glow Recipe's Christine Chang has coined an official term for it: skin + entertainment = skintertainment. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "5 "Skintertainment" Products You and Your Girlfriends Should Try Tonight," 9 Sep. 2016 The term #MeToo was first coined by Tarana Burke, an activist from New York City. Julissa Treviño, Vox, "California Democratic Party leader resigns amid sexual misconduct claims," 30 Nov. 2018 It was coined as a way to talk about a third gender without appropriating the term Third Gender from other cultures. . . . WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Gender," 2 Aug. 2018 The term was coined in the 1960s by the perceptual psychologist James J. Gibson and has since been given two related but distinct definitions. New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018 And partly because of a phenomenon the French have coined a phrase for: l’esprit d’escalier. Cindy Dampier,, "Fired French waiter isn't the only rude person around. Can meanness kill?," 29 Mar. 2018

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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