What does currency mean?

Definitions for currency
ˈkɜr ən si, ˈkʌr-cur·ren·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. currencynoun

    the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used

  2. currencynoun

    general acceptance or use

    "the currency of ideas"

  3. currentness, currency, up-to-datenessnoun

    the property of belonging to the present time

    "the currency of a slang term"


  1. currencynoun

    Money or other items used to facilitate transactions.

    Wampum was used as a currency by Amerindians.

  2. currencynoun

    Paper money.

  3. currencynoun

    The state of being current; general acceptance or recognition.

    The jargon's currency.

  4. currencynoun

    fluency; readiness of utterance

  5. currencynoun

    Current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued.

  6. Etymology: From currentia, from currens, from currō.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Currencynoun

    Etymology: from current.

    The currency of those half-pence would, in the universal opinion of our people, be utterly destructive to this kingdom. Jonathan Swift.

    The currency of time to establish a custom, ought to be with a continuando from the beginning to the end of the term prescribed. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    He that thinketh Spain to be some great over-match for this estate, assisted as it is, and, may be, is no good mintman, but takes greatness of kingdoms according to their bulk and currency, and not after intrinsick value. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Currencynoun

    a continued or uninterrupted course or flow like that of a stream; as, the currency of time

  2. Currencynoun

    the state or quality of being current; general acceptance or reception; a passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulation; as, a report has had a long or general currency; the currency of bank notes

  3. Currencynoun

    that which is in circulation, or is given and taken as having or representing value; as, the currency of a country; a specie currency; esp., government or bank notes circulating as a substitute for metallic money

  4. Currencynoun

    fluency; readiness of utterance

  5. Currencynoun

    current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued

  6. Etymology: [Cf. LL. currentia a current, fr. L. currens, p. pr. of currere to run. See Current.]


  1. Currency

    A currency in the most specific use of the word refers to money in any form when in actual use or circulation, as a medium of exchange, especially circulating paper money. This use is synonymous with banknotes, or with banknotes plus coins, meaning the physical tokens used for money by a government. A much more general use of the word currency is anything that is used in any circumstances, as a medium of exchange. In this use, "currency" is a synonym for the concept of money. A definition of intermediate generality is that a currency is a system of money in common use, especially in a nation. Under this definition, British pounds, U.S. dollars, and European euros are different types of currency, or currencies. Currencies in this definition need not be physical objects, but as stores of value are subject to trading between nations in foreign exchange markets, which determine the relative values of the different currencies. Currencies in the sense used by foreign exchange markets, are defined by governments, and each type has limited boundaries of acceptance. The former definitions of the term "currency" are discussed in their respective synonymous articles banknote, coin, and money. The latter definition, pertaining to the currency systems of nations, is the topic of this article.

Editors Contribution

  1. currency

    A variety of official defined forms of money verified and legislated by a national unity government in partnership with the central bank of their country

    Currency varies around the world, there are various types.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'currency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2792

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'currency' in Nouns Frequency: #1058

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of currency in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of currency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of currency in a Sentence

  1. Ben Carson:

    I would use every resource available to us, i would use the world banking system to strangulate them in terms of currency. I would try to get rid of any revenues they could derive from the oil and energy fields that they control. I would look at all the pathways, entrance and exit, like in Sinjar. You know, they took control of the supply routes first. And that made the subsequent capture easier. You know those typical, old fashioned but really effective military strategies -- they work.

  2. William Jackson at Capital Economics:

    It's a very oil-dependent economy, so it always looked like an adjustment in the currency was needed when oil prices fell. They delayed that adjustment for a long time so it's kind of inevitable that the currency had to weaken.

  3. Ronald Chan:

    By depreciating your currency, you are just going down the chain, not up the chain.

  4. Maurice Blackburn:

    Australian businesses and investors, particularly medium to large importers, exporters, institutional investors and businesses with operations overseas, have been affected by the distortion of the FX market by these banks, such cartel behavior cheats Australian businesses in circumstances where they may already have been vulnerable to currency fluctuations.

  5. Tsuyoshi Nomaguchi:

    Right now the market is simply welcoming a weaker yen. The currency will have to depreciate significantly further before concerns set in that the yen is perhaps too weak, the Nikkei can challenge the June 24 peak (18-1/2 year high of 20,952.71) if dollar/yen builds a firm foothold above 125.

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