Share this entry
American English: /kɔɪn/
British English: /kɔɪn/

Translation of coin in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (individual) let's toss or flip a coin
    echémoslo a cara o cruz
    echémoslo al cara o sello (Andes) (Venezuela)
    echémoslo a cara o ceca (Río de la Plata)
    echémoslo a águila o sol (Mexico)
    the other side of the coin two sides of the same coin
    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.
  • 2 uncountable (collectively) he paid me in coin
    me pagó en monedas
    such terms are the common coin of philosophical discourse
    tales términos son moneda corriente en el discurso filosófico
    to pay somebody back in her/his own coin
    pagarle a alguien con la misma moneda
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • 1 (invent)
    to coin a phrase
    valga la expresión
    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’.
  • 2 (mint) to coin it (in) (British) [colloquial]
    forrarse [colloquial]
    llenarse de oro [colloquial]
    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.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.