\ 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

For black people in San Francisco, who account for only 5% of the city’s overall population, beauty and suffering are two sides of the same coin. Justin Phillips,, "37% of SF’s homeless population is black. This is a heartbreaking problem," 29 Aug. 2019 Nevertheless, his work has been touted as a warning against radical visions of all kinds, used to support the argument that communism and fascism are merely two sides of the same coin. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 Aug. 2019 The coin auctioned in Chicago is one of only 20 from the 10,000 minted at Carson City that escaped the melting pot. Fox News, "Extremely rare 1894 dime once owned by Jerry Buss sells for $1.3M," 16 Aug. 2019 The coin tossed by then-NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon landed heads. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ football preview: No. 7 Cardinal Newman," 12 Aug. 2019 The coins and busts produced of her seem to be a mixed bag as well. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Cleopatra May Have Once Smelled Like This Recreated Perfume," 9 Aug. 2019 Witherspoon's most recent role, as the indefatigable Monterey momma bear Madeline Martha Mackenzie is a master class in playing both sides of the likability coin. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019 Receiver Danny Amendola, who signed with the Lions this offseason, has seen both sides of the win-loss coin while playing with three teams over the past 10 seasons. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Danny Amendola on Detroit Lions' record prediction: 'I don't look at that (excrement)'," 25 July 2019 The remains of the fire, backed up by the dates on the coins, suggest that the ditch must have been dug into the slopes of Mt. Zion and filled in again sometime before Baldwin III’s destructive family dispute. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The term was coined in the 1920s by the Cambridge archaeologist José Maria de Navarro to denote a set of trails or paths connecting the Baltic and the Adriatic during antiquity. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Ancient Amber Road," 29 Aug. 2019 The term was coined by the Forest Service in 2011, following a series of conflagrations that each consumed more than a hundred thousand acres of woodland. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 19 Aug. 2019 It was coined by the Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Greenland’s Deepening Ecological Grief," 19 Aug. 2019 Mark Dantonio coined it Thursday at Big Ten football media day. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "5 big questions for Michigan State football's offense before preseason camp," 31 July 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide The data spy The term DataSpii was coined by Sam Jadali, the researcher who discovered—or more accurately re-discovered—the browser extension privacy issue. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users," 18 July 2019 Film theorist Carol Clover coined the term final girl to refer to the last female character left to confront a killer in horror movies. Myriam Gurba, Time, "Why I Use Humor When Talking About My Sexual Assault," 30 Mar. 2018 In the 30 years since the term was coined, astronauts have repeatedly reported experiencing the overview effect from the International Space Station. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Spaceflight and Spirituality, a Complicated Relationship," 16 July 2019 The name Unigov reportedly was coined by SerVaas, whose private-sector achievements included the purchase and resurrection of the Saturday Evening Post. Peter Krouse,, "Civic leaders in Indianapolis used window of opportunity to birth “Unigov”: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 9 July 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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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