Definition of currency
1a : circulation as a medium of exchangeb : general use, acceptance, or prevalence a story gaining currencyc : 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 exchangeb : paper money in circulationc : 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
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.
Recent Examples of currency from the Web
The European Central Bank has reiterated its bid for a euro-clearing role in a post-Brexit world, saying oversight is crucial to maintain the stability of the common currency.
She's parlayed her section of the internet into a bona fide community, using humor, charm, and her own vulnerability as currency.
The ICE Dollar Index, which measures the U.S. currency against a basket of six others, was recently down 0.4% to 95.55, its lowest level since Oct. 3.
Once old five-pound notes, which highlight prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, are taken out of circulation, Austen will be the only woman, aside from the Queen, on British currency.
The words were ordered to be added to American currency in 1864 by an Act of Congress, according to the United States Treasury.
But many now support a policy change that emphasizes human rights and reduces the flow of foreign currency at a critical time for the Cuban government.
Dr. Quintin Chipley, a counseling coordinator at the University of Louisville involved with the research, said Suboxone is used as currency in Kentucky prisons, particularly in the form of strips that go under the tongue.
The president who pays cash in advance Eight years after the Zimbabwe stopped using its own currency in to end a period of hyperinflation, government policies have caused an acute cash crisis.
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CURRENCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of currency for English Language Learners
: 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
CURRENCY Defined for Kids
Definition of currency for Students
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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