What does coin mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coinverb

    a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

  2. coinverb

    make up

    "coin phrases or words"

  3. mint, coin, strikeverb

    form by stamping, punching, or printing

    "strike coins"; "strike a medal"


  1. coinnoun

    A piece of currency, usually metallic and in the shape of a disc, but sometimes polygonal, or with a hole in the middle.

  2. coinnoun

    A token used in a special establishment like a casino (also called a chip).

  3. coinnoun

    One of the suits of minor arcana in tarot, or a card of that suit.

  4. coinverb

    to create coins.

  5. coinverb

    to make up or invent, and establish

    Over the last century the advance in science has led to many new words being coined.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Coinnoun

    A corner; any thing standing out angularly; a square brick cut diagonally; called often quoin, or quine.

    Etymology: coigne, French.

    No jutting frieze,
    Buttrice, nor coigne of vantage, but this bird
    Hath made his pendant bed. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    See you yond’ coin o’ th’ capitol, yond’ corner stone? William Shakespeare.

  2. COINnoun

    Etymology: coigne, French.

    He gave Dametas a good sum of gold in ready coin, which Menalcas had bequeathed. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    You have made
    Your holy hat be stamp’d on the king’s coin. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    I cannot tell how the poets will succeed in the explication of coins, to which they are generally very great strangers. Addis.

    She now contracts her vast design,
    And all her triumphs shrink into a coin. Alexander Pope.

    The loss of present advantage to flesh and blood, is repaid in a nobler coin. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

  3. To Coinverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They cannot touch me for coining: I am the king himself. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    They never put in practice a thing so necessary as coined money is. Henry Peacham, of Antiquities.

    Tenants cannot coin rent just at quarter-day, but must gather it by degrees. John Locke.

    Can we be sure that this medal was really coined by an artificer, or is but a product of the soil from whence it was taken. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    My lungs
    Coin words ’till their decay, against those measles,
    Which we disdain should tetter us. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Never coin a formal lye on’t,
    To make the knight o’ercome the giant. Hudibras, p. i.

    Those motives induced Virgil to coin his fable. Dryden.

    Some tale, some new pretence, he daily coin’d,
    To sooth his sister, and delude her mind. John Dryden, Virg. Æn.

    A term is coined to make the conveyance easy. Francis Atterbury.


  1. coin

    A coin is a small, round or flat piece of metal that is used as a medium of exchange or legal tender in many countries. Coins usually have important symbols, figures or markers inscribed on their surfaces, representing the country of issuance, the denomination of its value, and the year it was minted. Coins come in various denominations and are usually issued by government authorities or central banks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coinnoun

    a quoin; a corner or external angle; a wedge. See Coigne, and Quoin

  2. Coinnoun

    a piece of metal on which certain characters are stamped by government authority, making it legally current as money; -- much used in a collective sense

  3. Coinnoun

    that which serves for payment or recompense

  4. Coinverb

    to make of a definite fineness, and convert into coins, as a mass of metal; to mint; to manufacture; as, to coin silver dollars; to coin a medal

  5. Coinverb

    to make or fabricate; to invent; to originate; as, to coin a word

  6. Coinverb

    to acquire rapidly, as money; to make

  7. Coinverb

    to manufacture counterfeit money

  8. Etymology: [F. coin, formerly also coing, wedge, stamp, corner, fr. L. cuneus wedge; prob. akin to E. cone, hone. See Hone, n., and cf. Coigne, Quoin, Cuneiform.]


  1. Coin

    A coin is a piece of hard material that is standardized in weight, is produced in large quantities in order to facilitate trade, and is used primarily as a medium of exchange or legal tender. Coins are usually alloy metal or a metallic material and sometimes made of synthetic materials, usually in the shape of a disc, and most often issued by a government. Coins are used as a form of money in transactions of various kinds, from the everyday circulation coins to the storage of large numbers of bullion coins. Presently, coins and banknotes make up currency, the cash forms of all modern money systems. Coins made for paying bills and general monetized use are usually used for lower-valued units, and banknotes for the higher values; also, in many money systems, the highest value coin made for circulation is worth less than the lowest-value note. In the last hundred years, the face value of circulation coins has usually been higher than the gross value of the metal used in making them; exceptions occurring when inflation causes the metal value to surpass the face value, causing the minting authority to change the composition and the old coins to begin to disappear from circulation However, this has generally not been the case throughout the rest of history for circulation coins made of precious metals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coin

    koin, n. (Shak.) a corner-stone: a piece of metal legally stamped and current as money.—v.t. to convert a piece of metal into money: to stamp; to make, invent, fabricate: (fig.) to make into.—ns. Coin′age, the act of coining money: the currency: the pieces of metal coined: the invention, or fabrication, of something new: what is invented; Coin′er, one who coins money: a maker of counterfeit coins: an inventor; Coin′ing, minting: invention.—Coin money, to make money rapidly.—Pay a man in his own coin, to give tit for tat: to give as good as one got. [Fr. coin, a wedge, also the die to stamp money—L. cuneus, a wedge.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. coin

    (Fr. coin d’artilleur). In gunnery, a kind of wedge to lay under the breech of a gun, in order to raise or depress the metal. Written also quoin.

Editors Contribution

  1. coin

    A piece of metal created as a specific form of official currency by a form of unity government mint.

    The coins are created in the mint which is a unity government business.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

  2. coinnoun

    Commanding element of a company or country carried over to take care of the complement of an angle expressing motion with the result that something ends up within or surrounded by something else. 1.) a flat, typically round piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money. Money in the form of coins. Making by stamping metal. Invent or devise a new word or phrase.

    My favorite coin is the Mansa Musa coin, which is so hard to purchase or even find in that matter.

    Etymology: Metallic

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 11, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. COIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coin is ranked #34618 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Coin surname appeared 653 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Coin.

    88.2% or 576 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 37 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.7% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coin' in Nouns Frequency: #1525

Anagrams for coin »

  1. cion

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  3. Nico

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coin in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of coin in a Sentence

  1. Andrey Kortunov:

    You must remember the other side of the coin, russia is important because it has relations with the Syrian regime so if it sacrificed that relationship it might cease to be a player.

  2. Blessing Irish:

    May there always be work for your hands to do, May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane, May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you, And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

  3. Martin Luther King:

    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

  4. The Mint:

    We ask that the American public start spending their coins, depositing them, or exchanging them for currency at financial institutions or taking them to a coin redemption kiosk, the coin supply problem can be solved with each of us doing our part.

  5. Donald Tzvi Ariel:

    It seems that some thought went into collecting the coins, and it is possible that the person who buried the cache was a coin collector, he acted in just the same way as stamp and coin collectors manage collections today.

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