mon·​e·​tary ˈmä-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce monetary (audio)
 also  ˈmə-
: of or relating to money or to the mechanisms by which it is supplied to and circulates in the economy
a crime committed for monetary gain
a government's monetary policy
ˌmä-nə-ˈter-ə-lē How to pronounce monetary (audio)
 also  ˌmə-

Examples of monetary in a Sentence

a crime committed for monetary gain Gold was once the basis of the U.S. monetary system.
Recent Examples on the Web In other words, record commodity prices could mean that monetary policy is too loose, even after a number of rate hikes by the Fed. Joseph Lawler, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 11 June 2024 What to expect: Investors will parse the May Consumer Price Index report on Wednesday morning, just hours before the Fed is slated to announce its monetary policy update. Krystal Hur, CNN, 11 June 2024 Almost all economists polled by financial data firm FactSet are predicting that monetary policy makers will maintain the federal funds rate in a range of 5.25% to 5.5% — the highest level in 23 years, and where it's sat since the Fed's July 2023 meeting. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 11 June 2024 For anyone who wants to make a monetary donation, go to Samantha Gowen, Orange County Register, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for monetary 

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Word History


Late Latin monetarius of a mint, of money, from Latin moneta

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monetary was in 1663

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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mon·​e·​tary ˈmän-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce monetary (audio)
 also  ˈmən-
: of or relating to money
this administration's monetary policy

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