currency

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noun cur·ren·cy \ˈkər-ən(t)-sē, ˈkə-rən(t)-\

Definition of currency

plural

currencies

  1. 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

  2. 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

  1. A new currency has been introduced in the foreign exchange market.

  2. They were paid in U.S. currency.

  3. Furs were once traded as currency.

  4. The word has not yet won widespread currency.

  5. I'm not sure about the accuracy and currency of their information.

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Origin and Etymology of currency

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CURRENCY Defined for English Language Learners

currency

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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

currency

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noun cur·ren·cy \ˈkər-ən-sē\

Definition of currency for Students

plural

currencies

  1. 1 :  common use or acceptance The idea has wide currency.

  2. 2 :  money in circulation We were paid in the country's currency.



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