Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Money in any form when in actual use as a medium of exchange, especially circulating paper money.
  • noun Transmission from person to person as a medium of exchange; circulation.
  • noun General acceptance or use; prevalence.
  • noun The state of being current; up-to-dateness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flowing, running, or passing; a continued or uninterrupted course, like that of a stream.
  • noun A continued course in public knowledge, opinion, or belief; the state or fact of being communicated in speech or writing from person to person, or from age to age: as, a startling rumor gained currency.
  • noun A continual passing from hand to hand; circulation: as, the currency of coins or of banknotes.
  • noun Fluency; readiness of utterance.
  • noun General estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued.
  • noun That which is current as a medium of exchange; that which is in general use as money or as a representative of value: as, the currency of a country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A continued or uninterrupted course or flow like that of a stream.
  • noun The state or quality of being current; general acceptance or reception; a passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulation.
  • noun That which is in circulation, or is given and taken as having or representing value.
  • noun obsolete Fluency; readiness of utterance.
  • noun Current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Money or other items used to facilitate transactions.
  • noun more specifically Paper money.
  • noun The state of being current; general acceptance or recognition.
  • noun obsolete fluency; readiness of utterance
  • noun obsolete Current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued.

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

  • noun the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used
  • noun the property of belonging to the present time
  • noun general acceptance or use

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English curraunt, in circulation; see current.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin currentia, from Latin currens, from currō.

Examples

  • As soon as facebook developers’ allotted banner ad space dries up, or the virtual currency/survey model dries up, the only thing left to monetize in the realm will be virtual gifts (* not virtual currency*), and being that Facebook already has a gift shop, they’ll be slopping up all the revenue.

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  • Mr. Mantega, who popularized the term "currency war" a year ago to describe the political impact on emerging market countries to keep the value of their exports competitive amid a declining U.S. dollar, said he doesn't believe the wars are over.

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  • Although the term "currency board" is somewhat contemporary, the Bank of England used this mechanism to manage its gold standard system in the 18th century.

    A Currency Board Linked To Gold

  • Although the term "currency board" is somewhat contemporary, the Bank of England used this mechanism to manage its gold standard system in the 18th century.

    A Currency Board Linked To Gold

  • Although the term "currency board" is somewhat contemporary, the Bank of England used this mechanism to manage its gold standard system in the 18th century.

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  • The phrase "currency board linked to gold" drives some hard-money advocates batty.

    A Currency Board Linked To Gold

  • The phrase "currency board linked to gold" drives some hard-money advocates batty.

    A Currency Board Linked To Gold

  • Oddly, the vision I have of the newly divorced woman flinging herself onto a bed covered in currency is not born out by the figures.

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  • Oddly, the vision I have of the newly divorced woman flinging herself onto a bed covered in currency is not born out by the figures.

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  • Brazil's sharp-tongued Finance Minister Guido Mantega quickly became an international sensation when he coined the phrase "currency wars" to refer to excessive currency manipulation in these times of high volatility and dollar debasement.

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