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coinage Line breaks: coin|age
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪnɪdʒ/

Definition of coinage in English:


[mass noun]
1Coins collectively: the volume of coinage in circulation
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  • He also attempted to fine tune the money supply with mintage of new gold coinage and adulterated silver coins.
  • Best known as the maker of the state's first coinage, issuing shillings, sixpence, and threepence silver coins in 1783, Chalmers's marked domestic silver is exceedingly rare.
  • His monetary analysis is hopelessly contaminated by the attempt to explain the variations in the relative value of the copper, silver and gold coinage by a political sociology.
1.1The action or process of producing coins from metal: the controller of the coinage of tin
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  • Nevertheless, by the eighth century, royal control of coinage is clear.
  • Strong points or burghs were constructed; control of coinage established; a navy created, and the kingdom divided up into shires and hundreds.
  • Though Norman dukes controlled the coinage in their domain, no new coins had been minted since the time of William's grandfather.
1.2 [count noun] A system or type of coins in use: decimal coinage
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  • In c.973 Eadgar designed a new coinage of pennies, which was regularly renewed and remained the basis of the English currency until long after the Conquest.
  • A new coinage, based on the denarius, was introduced in 211.
  • In 1867 Paris convened an international monetary conference that voted unanimously in favor of a universal coinage building on the LMU-franc system.
2The invention of a new word or phrase: the word is of Derrida’s own coinage
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  • His learned coinage of the phrase fides levata - a convincing but altogether fictional Latin term - would contribute to the overwhelming success of Panofsky's account.
  • Gould has written many times about his coinage of the term ‘symphonette.’
  • Not only is the phrase versus populum of very late coinage; it does not mean what its champions claim it does.
2.1 [count noun] A newly invented word or phrase: the recent coinage ‘Eurointellectuals’
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  • Although they could tell me factual things about their lives, their language was peppered with new, idiosyncratic word coinages, peculiar misusages of phrases and illogical connection between ideas.
  • Over-governed is a recent coinage, normally referring in Britain to regional assemblies or Europe.
  • Robot is a word that is both a coinage by an individual person and a borrowing.


Late Middle English: from Old French coigniage, from coignier 'to mint' (see coin).

Words that rhyme with coinage

linage • nonage

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