from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small piece of metal, usually flat and circular, authorized by a government for use as money.
  • n. Metal money considered as a whole.
  • n. A flat circular piece or object felt to resemble metal money: a pizza topped with coins of pepperoni.
  • n. Architecture A corner or cornerstone.
  • n. A mode of expression considered standard: Two-word verbs are valid linguistic coin in the 20th century.
  • transitive v. To make (pieces of money) from metal; mint or strike: coined silver dollars.
  • transitive v. To make pieces of money from (metal): coin gold.
  • transitive v. To devise (a new word or phrase).
  • adj. Requiring one or more pieces of metal money for operation: a coin washing machine.
  • idiom the other side of the coin One of two differing or opposing views or sides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of currency, usually metallic and in the shape of a disc, but sometimes polygonal, or with a hole in the middle.
  • n. A token used in a special establishment like a casino (also called a chip).
  • n. One of the suits of minor arcana in tarot, or a card of that suit.
  • v. to create coins.
  • v. to make up or invent, and establish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quoin; a corner or external angle; a wedge. See coigne, and quoin.
  • n. A piece of metal on which certain characters are stamped by government authority, making it legally current as money; -- much used in a collective sense.
  • n. That which serves for payment or recompense.
  • intransitive v. To manufacture counterfeit money.
  • transitive v. To make of a definite fineness, and convert into coins, as a mass of metal; to mint; to manufacture.
  • transitive v. To make or fabricate; to invent; to originate.
  • transitive v. To acquire rapidly, as money; to make.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stamp and convert into money; mint: as, to coin gold.
  • To make by coining metals: said of money.
  • To represent on a coin.
  • To make; fabricate; invent: as, to coin words.
  • In tin-works, to weigh and stamp (tin blocks).
  • To yield to the process of minting; be suitable for conversion into metallic money; be coinable.
  • n. In architecture, a corner or an angle. See quoin.
  • n. The specific name given to various wedge-shaped pieces used for different purposes, as—
  • n. for raising or lowering a piece of ordnance;
  • n. for locking a printers' form;
  • n. for fixing casks in their places, as on board a ship. See quoin.
  • n. A die employed for stamping money.
  • n. Hence A piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, or some alloy, converted into money by impressing on it officially authorized marks, figures, or characters: as, gold coins; a copper coin; counterfeit coins.
  • n. Collectively, coined money; coinage; a particular quantity or the general supply of metallic money: as, a large stock of coin; the current coin of the realm.
  • n. Figuratively, anything that serves for payment, requital, or recompense.
  • n. [F.] The clock of a stocking.
  • n. A quince.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make up
  • n. a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  • v. form by stamping, punching, or printing


Middle English, from Old French, die for stamping coins, wedge, from Latin cuneus, wedge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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