What does money mean?

Definitions for money
ˈmʌn imon·ey

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. money(noun)

    the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender

    "we tried to collect the money he owed us"

  2. money(noun)

    wealth reckoned in terms of money

    "all his money is in real estate"

  3. money(noun)

    the official currency issued by a government or national bank

    "he changed his money into francs"


  1. Money(n.)

    Any article used as a medium of payment in financial transactions, such as checks drawn on checking accounts.

  2. Money(n.)

    (Economics) Any form of wealth which affects a person's propensity to spend, such as checking accounts or time deposits in banks, credit accounts, letters of credit, etc. Various aggregates of money in different forms are given different names, such as M-1, the total sum of all currency in circulation plus all money in demand deposit accounts (checking accounts).

  3. Origin: [OE. moneie, OF. moneie, F. monnaie, fr. L. moneta. See Mint place where coin is made, Mind, and cf. Moidore, Monetary.]


  1. money(Noun)

    A legally or socially binding conceptual contract of entitlement to wealth, void of intrinsic value, payable for all debts and taxes, and regulated in supply.

  2. money(Noun)

    A generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value.

    Before colonial times cowry shells imported from Mauritius were used as money in Western Africa.

  3. money(Noun)

    A currency maintained by a state or other entity which can guarantee its value (such as a monetary union).

  4. money(Noun)

    Hard cash in the form of banknotes and coins, as opposed to cheques/checks, credit cards, or credit more generally.

  5. money(Noun)

    The total value of liquid assets available for an individual or other economic unit, such as cash and bank deposits.

  6. money(Noun)


    He was born with money.

  7. money(Noun)

    An item of value between two parties used for the exchange of goods or services.

  8. money(Noun)

    A person who funds an operation.

  9. money(Noun)

    Of or pertaining to money; monetary.

    money supply, money market

  10. Origin: From moneie, moneye, from moneie, from moneta, from the name of the temple of Juno Moneta in Rome, where a mint was. Displaced native schat (from sceatt), feoh (from feoh).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Money(noun)

    a piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, etc., coined, or stamped, and issued by the sovereign authority as a medium of exchange in financial transactions between citizens and with government; also, any number of such pieces; coin

  2. Money(noun)

    any written or stamped promise, certificate, or order, as a government note, a bank note, a certificate of deposit, etc., which is payable in standard coined money and is lawfully current in lieu of it; in a comprehensive sense, any currency usually and lawfully employed in buying and selling

  3. Money(noun)

    in general, wealth; property; as, he has much money in land, or in stocks; to make, or lose, money

  4. Money(verb)

    to supply with money

  5. Origin: [OE. moneie, OF. moneie, F. monnaie, fr. L. moneta. See Mint place where coin is made, Mind, and cf. Moidore, Monetary.]


  1. Money

    Money is any object or record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given socio-economic context or country. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of value; and, occasionally in the past, a standard of deferred payment. Any kind of object or secure verifiable record that fulfills these functions can be considered money. Money is historically an emergent market phenomenon establishing a commodity money, but nearly all contemporary money systems are based on fiat money. Fiat money, like any check or note of debt, is without intrinsic use value as a physical commodity. It derives its value by being declared by a government to be legal tender; that is, it must be accepted as a form of payment within the boundaries of the country, for "all debts, public and private". Such laws in practice cause fiat money to acquire the value of any of the goods and services that it may be traded for within the nation that issues it. The money supply of a country consists of currency and bank money. Bank money, which consists only of records, forms by far the largest part of the money supply in developed nations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Money

    mun′i, n. coin: pieces of stamped metal used in commerce: any currency used as the equivalent of money: wealth:—pl. Mon′eys.—ns. Mon′ey-bill, a bill introduced into parliament or congress for raising revenue or otherwise dealing with money; Mon′ey-brok′er, Mon′ey-chang′er, Mon′ey-scriv′ener, a broker who deals in money or exchanges.—adj. Mon′eyed, having money: rich in money: consisting in money.—ns. Mon′eyer, Mon′ier, one who coins money: a master of a mint.—adj. Mon′eyless, having no money.—ns. Mon′ey-mak′er, a coiner of counterfeit money; Mon′ey-mak′ing, act of gaining wealth.—adj. lucrative, profitable.—ns. Mon′ey-mar′ket, the market or field for the investment of money; Mon′ey-or′der, an order for money deposited at one post-office, and payable at another; Mon′ey-spī′der, or -spin′ner, a small spider of family Attidæ, supposed to bring luck; Mon′ey's-worth, something as good as money: full value; Mon′ey-tak′er, one who receives payments of money, esp. at an entrance-door.—Hard money, coin; Pot of money, a large amount of money; Ready money, money paid for a thing at the time at which it is bought: money ready for immediate payment. [O. Fr. moneie (Fr. monnaie)—L. moneta, a mint, Moneta being a surname of Juno, in whose temple at Rome money was coined.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Money

    defined by Ruskin to be "a documentary claim to wealth, and correspondent in its nature to the title-deed of an estate."

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. MONEY

    Society's vindication of vulgarity.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Money

    See “Mint.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'money' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #252

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'money' in Written Corpus Frequency: #183

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'money' in Nouns Frequency: #52

How to pronounce money?

  1. Alex
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How to say money in sign language?

  1. money


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of money in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of money in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of money in a Sentence

  1. Baba Sarosh Bawla:

    i need money

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    Time is money.

  3. cy okafor:

    money kill justice

  4. Zhang Jiabin:

    I can't draw money.

  5. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    It was their money.

Images & Illustrations of money

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