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

  • n. The study or collection of money, coins, and often medals.

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  • n. The study of coins (or of medals)
  • n. The collecting of coins (or of medals)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of coins and medals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science that treats of coins and medals, with especial reference to their history, artistic quality, description, and classification.

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

  • n. the collection and study of money (and coins in particular)


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From French numismatique, from Late Latin numisma, numismatis ("coin"), variant of Latin nomisma, from Ancient Greek νόμισμα (nomisma, "current coin, custom"), from νομίζω (nomizō, "I hold or own as a custom, usage, I use customarily, practise, I am used to"), from νόμος (nomos, "usage, custom"), from νέμω (nemō, "I keep, hold, watch").



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  • This is one of those words that elude entry into my brain in any permanent way, despite having looked it up numerous times.

    May 26, 2010