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coin

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noun \ˈkȯin\

Definition of coin

  1. 1 archaic a :  corner, cornerstone, quoin b :  wedge

  2. 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. 3 :  something used as if it were money (as in verbal or intellectual exchange) <perhaps wisecracks … are respectable literary coin in the United States — Times Literary Supplement> <would repay him with the full coin of his mind — Ian Fleming>

  4. 4 :  something having two different and usually opposing sides —usually used in the phrase the other side of the coin

  5. 5 :  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


First Known Use: 14th century

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coin

verb

Definition of coin

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make (a coin) especially by stamping :  mint b :  to convert (metal) into coins

  3. 2 :  create, invent <coin a phrase>

coiner

play \ˈkȯi-nər\ noun

coin money

  1. :  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.

14th Century

First Known Use of coin

14th century

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coin

adjective

Definition of coin

  1. 1 :  of or relating to coins

  2. 2 :  operated by coins

Circa 1566

First Known Use of coin

circa 1566

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COIN Defined for English Language Learners

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coin

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noun \ˈkȯin\

Definition of coin for English Language Learners

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


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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

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noun \ˈkȯin\

Definition of coin for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of metal put out by government authority as money

  2. 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

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verb

Definition of coin for Students

coined

coining

  1. 1 :  to make coins especially by stamping pieces of metal :  mint

  2. 2 :  to make metal (as gold or silver) into coins

  3. 3 :  to make up (a new word or phrase)



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