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 Chris Sembroski, a 41-year-old engineer from Seattle, won the fourth seat through an online raffle to raise money for St. Jude's. CBS News, "Meet the first all-civilian crew about to orbit Earth in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule," 3 May 2021 Seriously, what do college athletes making money or transgender females playing sports have to do with charter schools? Mike Bianchi,, "McKenzie Milton uses platform to lobby politicians for Name, Image and Likeness | Commentary," 3 May 2021 Additionally, Best would spend money out of his own pockets to provide other necessary resources for his students. Jasmin Barmore,, "17 teachers at Detroit school: Instead of Teacher Appreciation gifts, help us buy supplies," 3 May 2021 The app allows people to make multiple stock trades a day for free, instead making money from options trading and order flow revenue that big market makers pay Robinhood to execute trades. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Robinhood fires back after Warren Buffett slams free-trading app," 3 May 2021 Making your own jewelry can be a great way to show off your style and creativity while providing your gifts for your friends and potentially a side way of making money for yourself. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Pliers for Jewelry Making," 3 May 2021 Melissa’s photo was featured on the first bottle of wine to be launched, which will help raise money to help solve unsolved crime cases. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family vows to get justice for Melissa Wolfenbarger two decades after gruesome murder," 2 May 2021 The spa, which promotes holistic wellness, beauty, and recovery, is hosting a Cryotherapy Challenge to raise money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Carroll County Times,, "Restore Therapy Spa in Westminster hosting cryotherapy challenge," 1 May 2021 SPACs, created to raise money in an initial public offering (IPO) to buy another company, are also drawing scrutiny from government regulators. Craig Harris, USA Today, "Shaq, Ciara and A-Rod have one. But are SPACs, the latest investment craze, right for you?," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In short, the political and legal shifts brought on by the Corporate Transparency Act suggest more anti-money laundering enforcement actions is coming. The Insider, Forbes, "New Legislation May Portend Wave Of Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement," 19 Apr. 2021 Please bear with me: Bonding bills at the State Capitol and just about any politically sensitive, non-money bill in the U.S. Senate have one de facto thing in common. Star Tribune, "The politics of obstruction, Minnesota-style," 3 Apr. 2021 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

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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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6 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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