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

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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 Larger quantities over two ounces generally offer the best value for money and are preferred for home use. Erica Van Blommestein,, "The best facial scrub," 10 Apr. 2021 FinCEN, a bureau of the Treasury that serves as the nation’s chief anti-money-laundering regulator and financial intelligence unit, has roughly 300 employees and a budget of around $125 million. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "President’s Budget Request Includes Funds for Corporate Ownership Registry," 9 Apr. 2021 Maybe the answer is to have bigger stores for the same money as existing stores cost now. Richard Kestenbaum, Forbes, "Retailers Want Smaller Stores But Dick’s Sporting Goods Is Testing A Bigger One. What Are They Thinking?," 9 Apr. 2021 Those incarcerated were not eligible for the money. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "3 women in Inland Empire charged with fraud over $1.2 million in COVID benefits to inmates," 9 Apr. 2021 His daughter Keiko is the subject of a long-running corruption investigation and prosecutors recently asked a court for a 30-year jail term on charges linked to organized crime and money laundering. Jack Guy And Claudia Rebaza, CNN, "The election that voters don't want anyone to win," 9 Apr. 2021 No one got into EMS for the money, as the saying around the station went. ProPublica, "Protect Independent Journalism," 9 Apr. 2021 Ultimately the state settled with the company and received all the masks and fewer than half of the ventilators for about half the money. Pamela Wood,, "Following problematic deals for test kits and PPE, Maryland lawmakers tighten rules on emergency contracts," 8 Apr. 2021 Ho was indicted and convicted for his role in a global money laundering and bribery scheme. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden’s tell-all memoir leaves out China deals, missing gun, DOJ investigation, and more," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The anti-money laundering unit of Mexico's Ministry of Finance worked with the DEA to target nearly 2,000 men, women and companies linked to the cartel. Beth Warren And Karol Suarez, The Courier-Journal, "El Mencho investigation: A year of mysterious deaths, a viral video and surprising arrests," 26 Nov. 2020 Regulators could find institutions violating anti-money laundering rules, facilitated by cryptocurrencies. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Banking and investment institutions are turning to bitcoin. Could it be dangerous for the economy?," 26 Feb. 2021 That’s how much Clubhouse, a San Francisco maker of an audio chat app, raised in a round led by investor Andreessen Horowitz at a $1 billion post-money valuation, according to Axios. Chronicle Staff And News Services,, "Daily Briefing," 25 Jan. 2021 Microsoft will be part of a group of investors, including Honda, that put more than $2 billion into Cruise, bringing the post-money valuation of the company up to $30 billion. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "GM, Microsoft Team Up to Bring Cruise Robotaxis to the Street," 19 Jan. 2021 The average pre-money valuation jumped to $173.4 million through three quarters over $102.6 million in all of last year. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "Investors Pump Billions into Biotech Startups, Pay Skyrocketing Prices," 22 Oct. 2020 The twisting skyscraper, which is the city’s tallest building, is hostage to an anti-money laundering probe that’s embroiled Crown Resorts Ltd. -- the company that for years has been synonymous with its largest shareholder, Packer. Angus Whitley,, "Billionaire’s Landmark Casino Opens With His Empire in Turmoil," 22 Oct. 2020 Becciu's ouster came just days before the Vatican began showing off its efforts at greater financial transparency and accountability during a visit by evaluators from the Council of Europe's anti-money laundering committee. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Vatican cardinal says ouster deprived him of possible papacy," 19 Nov. 2020 And Republicans responded with a mini-money wave of their own. Washington Examiner, "Republicans make history in the House as Biden plays the part of a winner," 5 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for money

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

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12 Apr 2021

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“Money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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