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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for money

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 In response to that concern, donors big and small have offered their time, money and expertise. oregonlive, "Nike joins effort to make more protective gear for doctors, nurses in COVID-19 fight," 25 Mar. 2020 That eczema products are not one-size-fits-all, and it’s way too easy to spend a bunch of money on products that won’t make your skin any less red and itchy. Jenna Birch, SELF, "The 12 Best Eczema Creams to Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin," 25 Mar. 2020 The World Health Organization says criminals are increasingly posing as WHO officials in calls and phishing emails to swipe information or money. Time, "Coronavirus-Related Crimes Capitalize on Global Fear and the Urge to Blame," 24 Mar. 2020 Democrats and Republicans have haggled over details of where virus relief should go, but there’s no dispute on the principle that huge amounts of money are needed. Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg.com, "In America’s Virus Economy, Government Is the Last Spender Left," 24 Mar. 2020 People are vulnerable right now and are at great risk of falling prey to scams to steal their information and money. cleveland, "Take back some control of your life by finding little ways to save money: Money Matters," 22 Mar. 2020 Saving money and stockpiling picks is how the best teams operate. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions had a choice with Darius Slay. They chose their culture instead," 20 Mar. 2020 Most of the money was saved or used to pay down debt. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "We Tracked the Last Time the Government Bailed Out the Economy. Here’s What to Know About the $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan.," 20 Mar. 2020 Brady looked disgusted throughout the past year with the lack of money Belichick put into the offense compared to the defense. TheWeek, "Tom Brady bet on himself. So did Bill Belichick.," 18 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'money.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about money

Time Traveler for money

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for money

Last Updated

28 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/money. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for money

money

noun

Financial Definition of money

What It Is

Money is a medium of exchange for goods or services within an economy.

How It Works

Philosophically, anything can be money, but coins and paper notes are the most generally accepted forms. In most cases, each country in the world has its own money, but in many cases several countries use the same  money (such as the Euro). A country's government designs and manufactures  that country's money.

Some money is fiat money, meaning that it has no intrinsic value. That is, the paper or metal used to create the money is not worth very much in terms of its value as a raw material. Most paper money is fiat money, and its value comes from what it represents rather than what it is. Before 1971, the U.S. dollar was not fiat money -- it was backed by a corresponding amount of gold held with the Federal Reserve.

The foreign exchange markets are places to trade money, and these markets affect exchange rates (that is, the amounts of one  money needed to buy a certain amount of another  money).

Why It Matters

Most money only has value because people want it. This idea is what made beaver pelts, shells, peppercorns, tulip bulbs, and other things into money at various points in history. However, when the demand (or fashion) faded for some of these goods (or more people found they really needed corn instead of beaver pelts), these systems became cumbersome. Paper money solves these problem because it is exchangeable for any good or service that people want (rather than just beaver pelts).

This isn't to say that paper and coins aren't the only forms of viable money today. Quite often, companies use shares of their own stock as money to acquire other companies, and anybody who has ever watched a crime show knows that cigarettes can buy a lot in prison.

Source: Investing Answers

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on money

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for money

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with money

Spanish Central: Translation of money

Nglish: Translation of money for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of money for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about money

Comments on money

What made you want to look up money? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!