• Coin


    • IPA: /kɔɪn/
    • Rhymes: -ɔɪn
    • Homophones: quoin


    From Old French coigne ("wedge, cornerstone, die for stamping"), from Latin cuneus ("wedge"). See also quoin ("cornerstone")

    Full definition of coin



    (plural coins)
    1. (money) A piece of currency, usually metallic and in the shape of a disc, but sometimes polygonal, or with a hole in the middle.
    2. A token used in a special establishment like a casino (also called a chip).
    3. (figurative) That which serves for payment or recompense.
      • HammondThe loss of present advantage to flesh and blood is repaid in a nobler coin.
    4. One of the suits of minor arcana in tarot, or a card of that suit.
    5. A quoin; a corner or external angle; a wedge.

    Derived terms


    1. To make of a definite fineness, and convert into coins, as a mass of metal; to mint; to manufacture.to coin silver dollars; to coin a medal
    2. To make or fabricate; to invent; to originate.Over the last century the advance in science has led to many new words being coined.
      • DrydenSome tale, some new pretense, he daily coined,
        To soothe his sister and delude her mind.
    3. To acquire rapidly, as money; to make.
      • John LockeTenants cannot coin rent just at quarter day.


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