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coin

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noun \ ˈkȯin \

Definition of coin

1 archaic
b :wedge
2 a :a usually flat piece of metal issued by governmental authority as money
b :metal money
c :something resembling a coin especially in shape
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

Examples of coin in a Sentence

  1. I have a dollar in coins.

  2. seeking a job that pays plenty of coin

Origin and Etymology of coin

Middle English, from Anglo-French coing wedge, corner, from Latin cuneus wedge

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coin

verb

Definition of coin

transitive verb
1 a :to make (a coin) especially by stamping :mint
b :to convert (metal) into coins
2 :create, invent
  • coin a phrase

coiner

play \ˈkȯi-nər\ noun
coin money
:to get rich quickly

Examples of coin in a Sentence

  1. The coach coined the phrase refuse to lose.

  2. William Shakespeare is believed to have coined many words.

  3. The nation plans to coin more money.

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First Known Use of coin

14th century

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coin

adjective

Definition of coin

1 :of or relating to coins
2 :operated by coins

Recent Examples of coin from the Web

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First Known Use of coin

circa 1566

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COIN Defined for English Language Learners

coin

play
noun

Definition of coin for English Language Learners

  • : a small, flat, and usually round piece of metal issued by a government as money


coin

verb

Definition of coin for English Language Learners

  • : to create (a new word or phrase) that other people begin to use

  • : to make (money in the form of coins)


COIN Defined for Kids

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coin

play
noun \ ˈkȯin \

Definition of coin for Students

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

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coin

verb

Definition of coin for Students

coined; coining
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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