\ˈkȯin \

Definition of coin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic

a : corner, cornerstone, quoin

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 \ noun

Synonyms for coin

Synonyms: Noun

bread [slang], bucks, cash, change, chips, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], legal tender, lucre, money, pelf, 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

That’s the pattern for initial coin offerings (ICOs) detected by economists Leonard Kostovetsky and Hugo Benedetti at Boston College, who conducted a study of over 4,000 startups that raised $12 billion from January 2017 to April 2018. Lucaswpcom, Fortune, "Live Fast, Die Young: Many Startups Powered by Initial Coin Offerings Don't Last, But There's Still Money to Be Made," 10 July 2018 In another project a trove of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were recently discovered near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning biblical 'spies' mosaic discovered in Israel," 12 July 2018 A month later, Satori operators released a new version that infected devices used to mine digital coins, proving that the IoT botnet could also take control of more traditional computing devices. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Widely used D-Link modem/router under mass attack by potent IoT botnet," 20 June 2018 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo Hundreds of dealers, offering millions of dollars in collectible coins. Chris Kaltenbach,, "LatinoFest, coin collecting and a patriotic bar crawl — the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 17 June 2018 Estate jewelry, sterling silver, coins, furnishings and Texas art from 10 dealers. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "A guide to San Antonio’s many antique stores," 11 June 2018 Bushnell envisioned a game zone with pizza and coin-operated machines; Mr. Dabney had the engineering skills to bring the idea to life. Nellie Bowles,, "Ted Dabney, an Atari founder, Pong creator, dies at 81," 1 June 2018 On the flipside of the interest coin, keep in mind that borrowing rates are increasing even faster, so retirees still holding debt should consider stepping up those payoff plans, experts said. Janet Kidd Stewart, charlotteobserver, "The Journey: Long wait for better interest on savings may be coming to an end | Charlotte Observer," 23 May 2018 The Royal Mint made the couple an official commemorative coin, and there are plenty of souvenir tea towels, mugs, tea cups, keychains and more on the market. Diana Pearl,, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Getting Two Commemorative Stamps in Honor of Their Wedding," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And: 'Follow your bubble tea craving,' coined by yours truly. NBC News, "#RedefineAtoZ: Ivory Aquino, the 'When We Rise' Actress Who Followed Her Dreams Around the World," 16 Apr. 2018 And Oklahomans are proud to be called Okies, a term coined by Californians to disparage people who were fleeing the Dust Bowl. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "The Teachers’ Strike and the Democratic Revival in Oklahoma," 4 June 2017 If that doesn’t happen, management would’ve run it back this season with the Three Alphas, the colorful nickname Rondo coined for him and Wade signing to play alongside Butler. K.c. Johnson,, "Dwyane Wade's off-court work in his one season with Bulls made a powerful impact," 29 Mar. 2018 This goes back to early ’70s that Irving Janis was the social psychologist who coined the term groupthink. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Professor, psychologist and author Adam Grant on Recode Decode," 5 July 2018 When Wing coined the term Asperger’s syndrome, none of us was aware of Hans Asperger’s active support of the Nazi programme. Simon Baron-cohen, Scientific American, "The Truth About Hans Asperger’s Nazi Collusion," 17 May 2018 When Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder on July 13, 2013, the phrase Black Lives Matter was coined. Hal Boedeker,, "Trayvon Martin: Parents promote 'Rest in Power' documentary," 13 July 2018 Starr Catering — no longer affiliated with Starr Restaurant Organization — coined the name, Harrity said. Michael Klein,, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018 Allure reports that the fashion term was coined by The Cut, and was naturally the result of a fashion-forward decision made by Rihanna. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Was Spotted Wearing Hotel Bath Slippers," 7 July 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)


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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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