Definition of cryptocurrency in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkriptōˌkərənsē/

noun (plural cryptocurrencies)

A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank: decentralized cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin now provide an outlet for personal wealth that is beyond restriction and confiscation as bitcoin gains ground, more companies have started accepting the cryptocurrency
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  • States will undoubtedly resist the spread of cryptocurrencies.
  • Bitcoin was the first widely used cryptocurrency, but few people know it is not the only one.
  • What does your cryptocurrency allow people to do that they could not do otherwise, and how does it help them do existing tasks more quickly or cheaply?


Early 21st century: from crypto- and currency.

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Syllabification: cryp·to·cur·ren·cy

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