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

Definition of money

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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While most won't get the chance to make money for watching sharks on TV, everyone can sink their teeth into Shark Week, which is filled with 20 hours of exciting new programs and fan favorites for 2020. Kelli Bender,, "One Shark Super Fan Will Get $1,000 to Watch Shark Week This Summer — and it Could Be You," 13 July 2020 The fact that trades are virtually free — brokerages make money off customers in other ways — has whetted the appetite for online traders during the pandemic shutdown. Washington Post, "Shares by the slice: Fractional investing sparks a stock market stampede," 10 July 2020 Most spend that year playing college basketball, but some have started to head overseas or take the G-League route to play and still make money. Stephen Means, cleveland, "HBCUs can follow the Gonzaga footprint in finding college basketball success: Buckeye Take," 10 July 2020 High-profile football and men's basketball players are likely to benefit most from the ability to make money from their name, image and likeness. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona State professor advocates canceling college football season for more than COVID-19," 9 July 2020 Unemployment insurance typically replaces only 41% of previous earnings — and catastrophically less for those who provide informal labor or make money through tips. CNN, "Allowing the $600 unemployment benefit to expire could devastate the US economy," 8 July 2020 Grabowski and other experts have also noted that nursing-home staffers tend to make little money, so many work multiple jobs. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Is Repeating Its Deadliest Pandemic Mistake," 6 July 2020 Johnathan Dye, owner of Mr. Dye's Pies, said presenting at farmers markets is necessary for small businesses to make money. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With the Sussex's farmers market abruptly closing, a recent Hamilton graduate is proposing a plan to to save it," 3 July 2020 Nick started making more frequent trips to Hemingway – not only to learn about Rodney’s old-fashioned barbecue methods but also to offer Rodney his two-cents’ worth on how to work smarter and faster and make more money. Bob Carlton |, al, "The story of Rodney and Nick, brothers in barbecue," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Egmont Group is basically the international body focused on the sharing of financial intelligence, and on strengthening the operational aspects of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing system. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Governments Look to Private Sector in Fight Against Financial Crime," 6 July 2020 Andrade said his cryptocurrency called AML Bitcoin used technologies that complied with the federal government’s anti-money laundering laws and announced an initial offering of AML Bitcoin in the amount of $100 million, federal officials said. Washington Post, "Lobbyist Abramoff charged in cryptocurrency fraud case," 25 June 2020 The Mexican president said the cartel crackdown was led by an anti-money laundering unit of Mexico's Ministry of Finance with the help of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Beth Warren And Karol Suarez, The Courier-Journal, "$1.1 billion in cartel assets frozen in Mexico in another blow against CJNG cartel," 3 June 2020

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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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28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of money

: something (such as coins or bills) used as a way to pay for goods and services and to pay people for their work
: a person's wealth : the money that a person has
formal : amounts of 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 monies (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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