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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun The science of coins and medals.

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

  • noun The study of coins (or of medals)
  • noun The collecting of coins (or of medals)

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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