money

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

 (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

money

adjective

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 Congress gave Treasury the authority to approve more than $500 billion in emergency loans to companies and cities, although most of that money has not been disbursed. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "In unusual deal, U.S. Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan," 1 July 2020 The amount of money Arizona distributed in unemployment benefits slowed down last week, even as tens of thousands of new applications for assistance came in to the Department of Economic Security, weekly figures show. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Unemployment fraud a growing issue in Arizona, slowing payments to those in need," 1 July 2020 Two large sources of money established after Sept. 11, 2001 — the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the Hospital Preparedness Program — were gradually chipped away. Anchorage Daily News, "Hollowed-out public health system in US faces more cuts amid coronavirus," 1 July 2020 The flood of money has pushed down interest rates, prompting investors to seek better returns in the stockmarket. The Economist, "Daily chart America’s stockmarket just had its best quarter in 20 years," 1 July 2020 Pelosi’s special climate change committee is a pointless waste of money, says the panel’s top Republican Garret Graves, who is accusing Democrats of breaching trust by releasing their report this morning without including GOP members. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Democrats try to please everybody with climate plan," 30 June 2020 Revenue is expected to decline nearly $61 million, as the amount of money secured from spectator admissions is anticipated to drop 50%. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh's Michigan football pay cut restores balance after 10% raise," 30 June 2020 Those that use most of the money to pay employees can have their debt forgiven. Stacy Cowley, BostonGlobe.com, "Paycheck program ends with $130b unspent," 30 June 2020 This is a reasonable assumption if only because the fountain of money thrown off by Web-search advertising leaves a lot of room for laziness and mistakes in other sectors of the business. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Girls Who Code looks to hard hit rural areas this summer," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/money. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for money

money

noun
How to pronounce money (audio)

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

money

noun
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

money

noun
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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