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.
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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 17 Apr. 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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