\ 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

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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 Bridgeland placed first in 14-6A, Langham Creek is next, followed by Bryan (10-6), who secured third place via coin flip. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair sports notebook: Cy-Fair remains perfect; three-way tie in 14-6A," 7 Nov. 2019 So Auburn’s chances of winning at least one of its two big November home games is slightly better than a coin flip. Christopher Smith, al, "A realistic look at Auburn’s chances of upsetting Georgia or Alabama," 5 Nov. 2019 But the uncertainty of it all makes a double-digit point spread a bit of a coin flip. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 8 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 25 Oct. 2019 And the coach tried to reverse Philadelphia's trend of slow starts by taking the ball after winning the coin flip, just the second time in 33 winning flips that Pederson hasn't deferred in order to start the second half on offense. NBC News, "Cowboys run over Eagles, take 1st in NFC East with 37-10 win," 21 Oct. 2019 And the coach tried to reverse Philadelphia’s trend of slow starts by taking the ball after winning the coin flip, just the second time in 33 winning flips that Pederson hasn’t deferred in order to start the second half on offense. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cowboys run over Eagles, take 1st in NFC East with 37-10 win," 20 Oct. 2019 The last-place teams in each division would square off in a coin flip for the top pick in the 1969 NBA Draft. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar debuted with the Bucks 50 years ago this month; here's what people were talking about as the game approached," 14 Oct. 2019 First, the coin flip determined whether any given participant would have to complete an enjoyable 10-minute task or a difficult 45-minute one. David Desteno, Quartz, "How to turn fleeting joy into long-term happiness," 11 Oct. 2019 So that probably puts Shenault at about 25 percent and Nixon as a coin flip, 50-50. oregonlive, "Scouting the Buffaloes: 5 questions, prediction with a Colorado writer," 11 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The harvest moon’s name was coined by farmers who gathered crops under the moonlight during busy fall harvest seasons, Petro said., "A rare harvest moon will dazzle the night sky on Friday the 13th, NASA said.," 13 Sep. 2019 There are two J’ouvert options that partygoers can choose from: Re-Jouvert-Nate is coined as the ultimate powder experience and takes place on Carnival Friday from 7 pm to 12 am. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Tell Dem We Reach! A First-Timer’s Guide to Caribana, Toronto's Caribbean Carnival," 24 July 2019 All-Star starters were openers before the term was coined. Creg Stephenson |, al, "What time, TV channel is 2019 MLB All-Star Game? (7/9/19) lineups, live stream," 9 July 2019 In 1976, the parade was led by a group of lesbian motorcyclists for the first time — and their name, Dykes on Bikes, was coined. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Rainbow gold mine: Early SF Pride Parade photos rediscovered in archive," 26 June 2019 And Gispert doesn't mind if the genre is coined 'Open Field Rock' or something like that. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Whigs' Parker Gispert Shares Solo Video 'Through the Canvas': Premiere," 24 Apr. 2018 The groups that coined these terms have all made contributions to our language, which in turn belongs to all of us. Alec Dent, National Review, "The Natural Evolution of Language Is Not ‘Cultural Appropriation’," 3 Sep. 2019 The star of The Wizard of Oz suffered from an eating disorder before the phrase was coined. David Blistein, Time, "America's War on Drugs Has Treated People Unequally Since Its Beginning," 12 Aug. 2019 The boulders are a form of hostile architecture or defensive design, terms coined to describe impediments used in cities across the country to discourage sleeping on park benches, along roadways and near storefronts., "Portland’s homeless campers face new obstacle: piles of boulders," 4 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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The first known use of coin was in the 14th century

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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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