Definition of coin in English:

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Pronunciation: /koin/


1A flat, typically round piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money.
Example sentences
  • As he was speaking he drew from his pocket a gold coin, a twenty-krone piece, and placed it on the table at which I sat.
  • If you do not wish to spend this kind of money for the coins, the four stamps can be bought for 50 baht in unused condition.
  • Though it has little tangible value in the physical sense beyond the paper it is printed on or metal the coin is made from, cash has a very real value in the commercial world.
penny, nickel, dime, quarter;
1.1Money in the form of coins: large amounts of coin and precious metal
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  • I then proceeded carefully to count out the entire 14 pounds 78 pence in coin, rummaging in the depths of my coin-purse to retrieve the whole sum.
  • As an agent of the crown, he took foreign coin, old coin, and bullion to the Mint, where it was converted into new currency.
  • When players decide to cash out, they can receive it in coin or in the form of a ticket with the amount encoded on it.
1.2US informal Money: he showed me how we could make a lot of coin
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  • A lot of coin for that tray of mystery meat and Jell-O, wouldn't you say?
  • While that seems like a lot of coin to drop anyways, keep in mind that the fastest Athlon 64s are also going to be in the same price range, if not more.
  • That's a lot of coin, even for someone as wealthy as Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune.
1.3 (coins) One of the suits in some tarot packs, corresponding to pentacles in others.
Example sentences
  • The point is won by whichever team takes more cards of the coins suit (or diamonds if you are using international cards).
  • It was the later French adaptation which changed swords to spades, wands to clubs, cups to hearts, and coins to diamonds.
  • You could have the suits as modern equivalents of the suit symbols, for coins you could have credit cards, cups cans of soft drinks or lattes, wands keys, swords mobile phones or pens.


[with object]
1Make (coins) by stamping metal.
Example sentences
  • Since the one who has money sets the rules, it is no wonder that the man who coins money is wealthy.
  • As a member of the nobility, he had certain rights and responsibilities: he could raise troops and command them in the field, he held his own courts of justice, he could coined his own money.
  • The Romans encouraged this situation by infusing coined money into provincial agrarian economies, which in turn led to money loans and further debt.
mint, stamp, strike, cast, punch, die, mold, forge, make
1.1Make (metal) into coins.
Example sentences
  • From ages past, before the time of the Bible, man has coined metal to be used as money.
  • Much German silver taken to England to pay for wool was then coined.
2Invent or devise (a new word or phrase): he coined the term “desktop publishing.”
More example sentences
  • Known for his penchant for coining apt words and phrases, Tukey is credited with inventing the word bit (binary digit) in 1946, and he was responsible for the first use of several terms in mathematical statistics.
  • I'd like to recommend The Word Spy, a fascinating website that collects recently coined words and phrases from the media.
  • Visionary and inventor Buckminster Fuller coined the phrase ‘Think global, act local’.



the other side of the coin

The opposite or contrasting aspect of a matter.
Example sentences
  • On the other side of the coin, arts and cultural organizations spent $40.3 million on goods and services.
  • On the other side of the coin, I have been exceptionally positive.
  • On the other side of the coin, cereal growers are receiving much-improved grain and oilseed prices as a result of a good harvest and a weakening of the pound against the euro.

pay someone back in his or her own coin

Retaliate with similar behavior.
Example sentences
  • Worrell knew very well why Buller had been picked and decided to pay them back in their own coin.

to coin a phrase

Said ironically when introducing a banal remark or cliché: I had to find out the hard way—to coin a phrase
More example sentences
  • It really is poor, isn't it: the BBC imagining that lavish costumes and period detail will substitute for innovation or, to coin a phrase, relevance, but even at its worst still streets ahead of ITV's lacklustre efforts.
  • Since the dissimilarities between Communism and Conservatism could not be greater; what would be the result, if they were, to coin a phrase, ‘shaken, not stirred’, together.
  • It is clear that at one level the British and Irish Lions are a huge money-making machine that is of almost inconceivable value to whoever they happen to be visiting, but Feehan insists that, to coin a phrase, it isn't about the money.
3.1Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one.
Example sentences
  • In most cases, the proof is - to coin a phrase - in the production.
  • The Church, to coin a phrase, is a gluten for self punishment.
  • In two fell swoops, to coin a phrase, the credibility of professional rugby in Scotland was heavily boosted last week.


Middle English: from Old French coin 'wedge, corner, die', coigner 'to mint', from Latin cuneus 'wedge'. The original sense was 'cornerstone', later 'angle or wedge' (senses now spelled quoin); in late Middle English the term denoted a die for stamping money, or a piece of money produced by such a die.

Words that rhyme with coin

adjoin, Boulogne, coign, conjoin, Des Moines, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, groyne, join, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin

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Syllabification: coin

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