\ 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

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of coin in a Sentence

Noun I have a dollar in coins. seeking a job that pays plenty of coin Verb 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 This is a shame, as state violence against black bodies and poor white bodies are two, equally instructive sides of the same coin. Audrey Farley, The New Republic, "When Cops Kill White People, Black Lives Still Matter," 9 July 2020 Gen Z is the group hardest hit by the coronavirus crash … Coronavirus is causing a nationwide coin shortage. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Robinhood makes millions selling your stock trades … is that so wrong?," 8 July 2020 Patriotism and protest are like two sides of a coin. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With a pandemic and protests over racial injustice, Independence Day raises the question: Whose America are we celebrating?," 4 July 2020 And in one of the many residual effects of the virus, the nation is hit with a coin shortage. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Soccer great dies, fests canceled, surge in cases, more - coronavirus timeline: June 20-July 3," 4 July 2020 Charon’s obol is a term for a coin, typically placed in the mouth of a dead person before burial. Fox News, "Ancient remains of over 100 children with coins in their mouths discovered in mass grave," 30 June 2020 The Fed expects the shortage to remedy itself as businesses open back up and coin circulation returns to normal. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "The newest entry on the pandemic hard-to-find list: pocket change," 30 June 2020 The regulator in October filed a complaint arguing that Telegram’s digital coin is a security rather than a currency and that its sale therefore violated registration requirements of federal securities laws. Jack Hagel, WSJ, "Telegram to Pay $18.5 Million to Settle SEC Charges," 29 June 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has caused a nationwide coin shortage, according to the Federal Reserve. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "National coin shortage: Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters part of latest COVID-19 shortage," 21 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One study found that half of covid-19 patients have gastrointestinal symptoms, and specialists have coined a Twitter hashtag, #NotJustCough, to raise awareness of them. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere.," 16 Apr. 2020 In Japan, a new word has been coined, on-nomi (オン飲み), which refers to drinking with friends online. Esther Mobley,, "The coronavirus is driving us to drink. Maybe that’s OK," 19 Mar. 2020 Rajavel gives the example of matar paneer, a North Indian sauce made by cooking paneer and green peas in spicy onion tomato masala that has been coined as a curry dish on Western menus. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Why Americans call foreign foods by the wrong names," 22 Jan. 2020 And some travel retailers have coined a day of their own, Travel Tuesday, which is Dec. 3. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Black Friday, Cyber Monday travel deals: Flights, cruises, hotels, more sales for your next trip," 27 Nov. 2019 Which is perhaps why Warinner and Michigan have coined that special term for Ruiz. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Cesar Ruiz became a pull-blocking destroyer for Michigan football: 'Ceez in space'," 31 Oct. 2019 Few people have ever coined more words that subsequently came to be used. The Economist, "Languages are a battleground for nationalists," 5 Sep. 2019 The quarantine—the term was coined in Venice in the 14th century, when the city’s Doge rulers barred foreigners from entering the lagoon for 40 days to halt the spread of the plague—comes on the heels of devastating flooding last fall. Tommaso Ebhardt,, "In Venice, Virus Fears Thin Out the Fat Tuesday Crowds," 5 May 2020 Although the nickname has become famous among royal fans as the Cambridge kids' name for the Queen, it was actually coined two generations earlier in the royal family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles Came Up with Prince George’s Nickname for the Queen," 30 Apr. 2020 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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The first known use of coin was in the 14th century

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12 Jul 2020

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“Coin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce coin (audio)

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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