\ ˈkȯin How to pronounce coin (audio) \

Definition of coin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic
b : wedge
2a : a usually flat piece of metal issued by governmental authority as money
b : metal money
c : something resembling a coin especially in shape
d : a unit of a cryptocurrency I also caution market participants against promoting or touting the offer and sale of coins without first determining whether the securities laws apply to those actions.— Jay Clayton
3 : something used as if it were money (as in verbal or intellectual exchange) perhaps wisecracks … are respectable literary coin in the U.S.The Times Literary Supplement (London) would repay him with the full coin of his mind— Ian Fleming
4 : something having two different and usually opposing sides usually used in the phrase the other side of the coin
5 informal : money I'm in it for the coin— Sinclair Lewis


coined; coining; coins

Definition of coin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make (a coin) especially by stamping : mint
b : to convert (metal) into coins
2 : create, invent coin a phrase
coin money
: to get rich quickly



Definition of coin (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of or relating to coins
2 : operated by coins

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coiner \ ˈkȯi-​nər How to pronounce coin (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of coin in a Sentence

Noun I have a dollar in coins. seeking a job that pays plenty of coin Verb The coach coined the phrase “refuse to lose.” William Shakespeare is believed to have coined many words. The nation plans to coin more money.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shatner had a bit of fun with the coin, offering to flip it to decide whether to launch. Hanneke Weitering, Scientific American, 13 Oct. 2021 The most hairbrained of these is the $1 trillion platinum coin. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 Minting the coin would be the most extreme policy extrapolation of Modern Monetary economic theory to date. Oliver Renick, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Unlike ditching the debt ceiling, minting the $1 trillion coin doesn’t require Congress. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Even with this week's jump, a single Shiba Inu coin is worth less than one-hundredth of a penny. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 The coin hovered around $45,000 for a while before finally breaking out., 6 Oct. 2021 Many users are only spending and speculating with the coin provided free by the government, but some are topping it up with their own savings. Time, 2 Oct. 2021 Netflix is going all-in on Witcher-mania, putting its coin on the fantasy series starring Henry Cavill as a monster hunter. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 26 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dent’s homer inspired Red Sox Manager Don Zimmer to coin an unprintable nickname for Dent, giving him a new middle name for baseball fans in New England. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 The president does how have a clear power to issue such commemorative coins, which are typically in denominations of $10 or $5, and are sold by the US Mint to coin collectors. Chris Isidore, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 Lane interviews legendary Arista Records producer Clive Davis and the DJs who helped coin the term. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 Before anybody had thought to coin the term, the Meyer boys were homeschooled. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 28 Aug. 2021 The advances of the 1960s in civil rights and economic prosperity collapsed into a tumult of social unrest and, to coin a phrase, national malaise. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2021 Some might refer to this as the last-mile problem or perhaps more aptly coin it as the last-step problem in this instance. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Weatherspoon’s firm specializes in creating affordable housing units with a luxurious touch, which led her to coin the term Design Equity. Christina Sturdivant Sani, Washington Post, 14 June 2021 The theory's definition isn't supposed to be narrow or static; it is supposed to be evolving, malleable, said Kimberlé Crenshaw, a Columbia law professor who helped coin the term. Charles T. Clark, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The victim told him where to find a bedroom safe and coin jar, which together contained $230. Kim Chatelain,, 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of coin


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coin


Middle English, from Anglo-French coing wedge, corner, from Latin cuneus wedge

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

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“Coin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, flat, and usually round piece of metal issued by a government as money



English Language Learners Definition of coin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to create (a new word or phrase) that other people begin to use
: to make (money in the form of coins)


\ ˈkȯin How to pronounce coin (audio) \

Kids Definition of coin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of metal put out by government authority as money
2 : metal money … the quantity of coin he had seen was too vast to be real.— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


coined; coining

Kids Definition of coin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make coins especially by stamping pieces of metal : mint
2 : to make metal (as gold or silver) into coins
3 : to make up (a new word or phrase)

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