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.
Recent Examples on the Web Dollar shortages in Nigeria and a weaker local currency have worsened the woes for the sector, which also faces the country-wide challenges stemming from double-digit inflation, slow growth and mounting unemployment and insecurity. Reuters, CNN, 9 May 2022 Sri Lanka’s economic crash has led to a foreign currency shortfall and sent inflation soaring. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Retailers can then convert the crypto payments to fiat currency, like US dollars, or simply keep it as is. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 Anyone who doubts that European Central Bank (ECB) president Christine Lagarde has a euro problem has not been paying attention to that currency’s recent swoon. Desmond Lachman, National Review, 6 May 2022 Efforts to raise the minimum wage have gained currency around the country, and as the Free Press reported in February, Detroit officials have also proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $15 per hour as early as this summer. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2022 Building a nurturing environment will carry tremendous currency and goes a long way to earning trust and ultimately a level of psychological safety which for many employees is a fundamental pillar for this new work environment. Jonathan Kaufman, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Excluding the acquisitions of Investor’s Business Daily and the Oil Price Information Service business, currency fluctuations and other items, revenue grew 9%. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Shortly afterward, it was announced that the Ukrainian hryvnia would make way for the Russian ruble as the area’s dominant currency. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Currency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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