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

  • n. A medium that can be exchanged for goods and services and is used as a measure of their values on the market, including among its forms a commodity such as gold, an officially issued coin or note, or a deposit in a checking account or other readily liquefiable account.
  • n. The official currency, coins, and negotiable paper notes issued by a government.
  • n. Assets and property considered in terms of monetary value; wealth.
  • n. Pecuniary profit or loss: He made money on the sale of his properties.
  • n. One's salary; pay: It was a terrible job, but the money was good.
  • n. An amount of cash or credit: raised the money for the new playground.
  • n. Sums of money, especially of a specified nature. Often used in the plural: state tax moneys; monies set aside for research and development.
  • n. A wealthy person, family, or group: to come from old money; to marry into money.
  • idiom for (one's) money According to one's opinion, choice, or preference: For my money, it's not worth the trouble.
  • idiom in the money Slang Rich; affluent.
  • idiom in the money Sports & Games Taking first, second, or third place in a contest on which a bet has been placed, such as a horserace.
  • idiom on the money Exact; precise.
  • idiom put money on Sports & Games To place a bet on.
  • idiom put (one's) money where (one's) mouth is Slang To live up to one's words; act according to one's own advice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A legally or socially binding conceptual contract of entitlement to wealth, void of intrinsic value, payable for all debts and taxes, and regulated in supply.
  • n. A generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value.
  • n. A currency maintained by a state or other entity which can guarantee its value (such as a monetary union).
  • n. Hard cash in the form of banknotes and coins, as opposed to cheques/checks, credit cards, or credit more generally.
  • n. The total value of liquid assets available for an individual or other economic unit, such as cash and bank deposits.
  • n. Wealth
  • n. An item of value between two parties used for the exchange of goods or services.
  • n. A person who funds an operation.
  • n. Of or pertaining to money; monetary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, etc., coined, or stamped, and issued by the sovereign authority as a medium of exchange in financial transactions between citizens and with government; also, any number of such pieces; coin.
  • n. Any written or stamped promise, certificate, or order, as a government note, a bank note, a certificate of deposit, etc., which is payable in standard coined money and is lawfully current in lieu of it; in a comprehensive sense, any currency usually and lawfully employed in buying and selling.
  • n. Any article used as a medium of payment in financial transactions, such as checks drawn on checking accounts.
  • n. Any form of wealth which affects a person's propensity to spend, such as checking accounts or time deposits in banks, credit accounts, letters of credit, etc. Various aggregates of money in different forms are given different names, such as M-1, the total sum of all currency in circulation plus all money in demand deposit accounts (checking accounts).
  • n. In general, wealth; property
  • transitive v. To supply with money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To supply with money.
  • To convert into money; exchange for money.
  • n. Coin, or, more strictly, current coin; stamped metal that may be given in exchange for commodities; gold, silver, or other metal, stamped by public authority and used as the medium of exchange: in this sense used only collectively.
  • n. In a wider sense, any article of value which is generally accepted as a medium of exchange; also, by extension, something which, though possessing little or no intrinsic value, is recognized and accepted as a substitute for money as above defined, such as paper money; any circulating medium of exchange.
  • n. Property, in whatever form, which is readily convertible into or serves the same purposes as money as above defined; available assets; wealth: as, a man of money.
  • n. The currency of any country or nation; a denomination or designation of value, whether represented in the coinage or not: in this sense also used in the plural: as, English money; the weights and moneys of different nations; a money of account.
  • n. A way or line of investing money.
  • n. (See also earnest-money, head-money, light-money, pinmoney, ship-money.)
  • n. Synonyms and Money, Cash. Money was primarily minted metal, as copper, brass, silver, gold, but later any circulating medium that took the place of such coins: as, wampum was used as money in trade with the Indians; paper money. Cash is ready money, primarily coin, but now also anything that is accepted as money: it is opposed to credit.
  • n. See the extract.
  • n. The damages which the losing party to an action is adjudged to pay.
  • n. In an appeal bond, the amount that should be awarded against the appellant by the judgment of the court upon affirming the judgment or order appealed from.

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

  • n. the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender
  • n. wealth reckoned in terms of money
  • n. the official currency issued by a government or national bank


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

Middle English moneie, from Old French, from Latin monēta, mint, coinage, from Monēta, epithet of Juno, temple of Juno of Rome where money was coined.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English moneie, moneye, from Old French moneie ("money"), from Latin monēta, from the name of the temple of Juno Moneta in Rome, where a mint was. Displaced native Middle English schat ("money, treasure") (from Old English sceatt ("money, treasure, coin")), Middle English feoh ("money, property") (from Old English feoh ("money, property, cattle")).


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  • I always wondered Jake did not come forward and claim his money and beat them, but I reckon he was glad to get rid of them even at the sacrifice of his fortune, and between you and me, it was whispered sometimes that Jake had _money deposited in New York, that no one but himself_ knew anything about.

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  • If food were the difficulty, and not money, it is not easy to see what great advantage there was in those charitable associations, formed to receive _money_ subscriptions for the purchase of food.

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  • Now, in the famine time, the labourer, as a rule, could not obtain money wages for the cultivation of the soil -- a fact well known to the Government; so that _money wages_ of almost any amount must withdraw him from agriculture, from the absolute necessity he was under of warding off immediate starvation.

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  • In "I offered him money," _him_ represents the one to whom the act was directed, and _money_ names the thing directly acted upon.

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  • I have come down to the bare bed-rock of sordidness -- I must have money -- _money!

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  • To be sure, he had heard his father call such money _bribe money_, _dirty money_, and refer to the men who took it as being _bought up_.

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  • In this fashion commodities express by their prices how much they are worth, and money serves as _money of account_ whenever it is a question of fixing the value of an article in its money-form.

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  • There was very little difference in the actual circumstances of different classes -- some had property and some had none '(this was before the gold-fever);' but property was unsaleable for money, and barter only exchanged one unsaleable article for another '(and yet these are the people who nowadays groan about _money_ going out of the colony, and would measure its prosperity by the excess of exports over imports).

    Town Life in Australia


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