cur·​ren·​cy | \ ˈkər-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce currency (audio) , ˈkə-rən(t)- \
plural currencies

Definition of currency

1a : circulation as a medium of exchange
b : general use, acceptance, or prevalence a story gaining currency
c : the quality or state of being current : currentness needed to check the accuracy and currency of the information
2a : something (such as coins, treasury notes, and banknotes) that is in circulation as a medium of exchange
b : paper money in circulation
c : a common article for bartering Furs were once used as currency.
d : a medium of verbal or intellectual expression … neither side possessed any currency but clichés …— Jan Struther

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Examples of currency in a Sentence

A new currency has been introduced in the foreign exchange market. They were paid in U.S. currency. Furs were once traded as currency. The word has not yet won widespread currency. I'm not sure about the accuracy and currency of their information.
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Recent Examples on the Web Bitcoin, the digital currency created in 2009, is dismissed by many as the domain of geeks and speculators. John Mcwhorter, Washington Post, "Biden Should ...," 15 Jan. 2021 Bitcoin is a fake currency, neither useful for buying beer nor paying taxes. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: DIY hedges against inflation," 13 Jan. 2021 He was rewarded with Ripple’s own native currency, known as XRP, which rose in value. New York Times, "Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes," 12 Jan. 2021 The price of Bitcoin currently floats around $28,000—a once unthinkable mark for the digital currency, which surpassed the $20,000 milestone for the first time only two weeks ago. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "NFL player ‘paid in Bitcoin’ as price nears $30,000," 30 Dec. 2020 That makes bitcoin, comparatively, an attractive currency. Charles Riley, CNN, "Stimulus is here. But there are some big caveats," 28 Dec. 2020 Perhaps the world’s greatest currency, the Swissie, and the pathetic Vietnamese dong. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 14," 18 Dec. 2020 There's the aforementioned in-game currency, dubbed copper, that players can rack up to purchase useful items and weapon upgrades at safe zones—and that leaves you with a potential deck-building tradeoff. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Back 4 Blood alpha test: Building decks, killing zombies, having co-op fun," 18 Dec. 2020 The currency, which was worth less than $1,000 at the beginning of 2017, climbed up to $19,783 by the end of the year. CBS News, "Bitcoin surges past $20,000, topping previous peak — 3 years ago," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of currency

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for currency

curr(ent) entry 1 + -ency

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The first known use of currency was in 1624

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24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Currency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of currency

: the money that a country uses : a specific kind of money
: something that is used as money
: the quality or state of being used or accepted by many people


cur·​ren·​cy | \ ˈkər-ən-sē How to pronounce currency (audio) \
plural currencies

Kids Definition of currency

1 : common use or acceptance The idea has wide currency.
2 : money in circulation We were paid in the country's currency.

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