noun, often attributive
mon·​ey | \ ˈmə-nē How to pronounce money (audio) \
plural moneys or monies\ ˈmə-​nēz How to pronounce money (audio) \

Definition of money

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment: such as
a : officially coined or stamped metal currency newly minted money
c : paper money handed the bank teller a wad of money
2a : wealth reckoned in terms of money made her money in the insurance business
b : an amount of money raised the money for a new library
c moneys or monies plural : sums of money : funds the collection of tax monies
3 : a form or denomination of coin or paper money wanted his money in $10 bills
4a : the first, second, and third place winners (as in a horse or dog race) usually used in the phrases in the money or out of the money
b : prize money his horse took third money
5a : persons or interests possessing or controlling great wealth politicians at the beck and call of money
b : a position of wealth born into money
for one's money
: according to one's preference or opinion For my money, this is her best novel yet.
on the money
: exactly right or accurate His prediction that it would rain was right on the money.
money table



Definition of money (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or reliable in a crucial situation a money player a money pitch

Synonyms for money

Synonyms: Noun

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Frequently Asked Questions About money

What is the plural of money?

In its most common uses, money has no plural. We say "some money," not "a money" or "many moneys/monies." But when money refers to discrete sums of money obtained from a particular source or allocated to a particular cause, the word can be pluralized as moneys or monies, with monies being the more common spelling.

Is it 'how much money' or 'how many money'?

When we want to know an amount of money, we say "how much money," not "how many money."

What does 'money is no object' mean?

If money is no object, the price or cost of something does not matter.

Examples of money in a Sentence

Noun That painting must be worth a lot of money. He earned some money last summer as a musician. We're trying to save enough money for a new car. The town is raising money for the elementary school. Friends would always ask her for money. It's an interesting idea, but there's no money in it: it'll never sell. He made his money in the insurance business. They decided to put all their money in the stock market. We didn't have much money when I was growing up. Most of the project is being paid for by federal monies. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun GoFundMe has created a hub of all the verified fundraisers that are collecting money for the families of the victims in order to help with medical and funeral expenses, as well as give cash payments. Madison Feller, ELLE, 17 May 2022 Phoenix is -290 on the money line and Dallas is +225. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 The agency is also pushing for greater anti-money-laundering controls in the real-estate sector, including additional scrutiny of all-cash transactions. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Convicted of money laundering for a drug organization, Ravenell sought a new trial on the grounds jurors weren’t properly instructed before their deliberations. Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 Milwaukee is -125 on the money line and Boston is +102. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 Some of those files have come under scrutiny from prosecutors investigating Hunter Biden for possible violations of tax, money laundering and foreign-lobbying laws. New York Times, 10 May 2022 But one left the United States for Pakistan months before he was indicted on federal drug conspiracy and money laundering charges. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Meanwhile, Gaethje’s money line slip checks in at +125 odds for those who decided to bet on the Arizona native. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective VASPs must also employ anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) standards. Oluwaseun Adeyanju, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Instead, investors may decide to reduce their pre-money valuation, increase their investment amount (e.g., to pay for the rewrite) or rework the business plan with the management team. Bernard Fraenkel, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Gopuff, which sources products from its own warehouses, in December filed to raise $1.5 billion in the form of convertible notes, for a maximum post-money valuation of $40 billion. Angus Loten, WSJ, 14 Feb. 2022 Yuga Labs, the company that created the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection, closed $450 million in funding that gives it a post-money valuation of $4 billion, the company announced. Todd Spangler, Variety, 22 Mar. 2022 That deal, announced last May, would have valued Acorns at $2.2 billion, or $1.5 billion on a pre-money basis. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Martin Cheek is vice president at SmartSearch, a provider of an anti-money laundering verification service based in Lehi, Utah. Martin Cheek, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2022 Looking at anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, for instance, the sheer variety, velocity and volume of data can be overwhelming to most banks. Ravi Gedela, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Pre-money valuation is the value of a company before any new outside investment. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of money


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for money

Noun and Adjective

Middle English moneye, from Anglo-French moneie, from Latin moneta mint, money — more at mint

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The first known use of money was in the 14th century

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18 May 2022

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“Money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for money


mon·​ey | \ ˈmə-nē How to pronounce money (audio) \
plural moneys or monies\ -​ēz \

Kids Definition of money

1 : something (such as coins or bills) used to buy goods and services and to pay people for their work
2 : a person's wealth


mon·​ey | \ ˈmə-nē How to pronounce money (audio) \
plural moneys; plural monies\ ˈmə-​nēz How to pronounce money (audio) \

Legal Definition of money

1 : an accepted or authorized medium of exchange especially : coinage or negotiable paper issued as legal tender by a government
2a : assets or compensation in the form of or readily convertible into cash
b : capital dealt in as a commodity to be lent, traded, or invested mortgage money available from a lender the money supply
c plural : sums of money collect tax moneys

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