- a piece of metal stamped and issued by the authority of a government for use as money.
- a number of such pieces.
- Informal. money; cash: He's got plenty of coin in the bank.
- Architecture. quoin(defs 1, 2).
- Archaic. a corner cupboard of the 18th century.
- operated by, or containing machines operated by, inserting a coin or coins into a slot: a coin laundry.
- British Informal. to counterfeit, especially to make counterfeit money.
- coin money, Informal. to make or gain money rapidly: Those who own stock in that restaurant chain are coining money.
- pay someone back in his/her own coin, to reciprocate or behave toward in a like way, especially inamicably; retaliate: If they persist in teasing you, pay them back in their own coin.
- the other side of the coin, the other side, aspect, or point of view; alternative consideration.
Origin of coin
Examples from the Web for coined
Apparently, Shakespeare coined 1,700 words, from the frequently used (excitement) to the should-be-more frequently used (spewed).Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
Michael Lewis, who coined the term and penned the 2003 bestselling book of that name.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
The term “lobbyist” supposedly was coined during the well-corrupted (and well-soaked) presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Yet to Krauthammer, who coined the term “Reagan Doctrine,” the Gipper was what a president is supposed to be.Why the Right Thinks Obama’s a Narcissist—and Why They’re Wrong
September 18, 2014
Coined “obscenity regulations,” on face value they appear to ban material that “depicts or describes sexual misconduct.”Censored and ‘Obscene’ in Solitary
June 21, 2014
Golden cups, spoons, candlesticks, coined guineas—all the riches were revealed.Barnaby Rudge
For this phase, Romanes has coined the term physiological isolation.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
"Masterly inactivity" was as unlucky a phrase as ever was coined.
Pope, we believe, coined the contemptuous phrase, “I care not a pin.”Pipefuls
One British firm there, figuratively speaking, “coined” money.The Philippine Islands
- a metal disc or piece used as money
- metal currency, as opposed to securities, paper currency, etcRelated adjective: nummary
- architect a variant spelling of quoin
- pay a person back in his own coin to treat a person in the way that he has treated others
- the other side of the coin the opposite view of a matter
- (tr) to make or stamp (coins)
- (tr) to make into a coin
- (tr) to fabricate or invent (words, etc)
- (tr) informal to make (money) rapidly (esp in the phrase coin it in)
- to coin a phrase said ironically after one uses a cliché
Word Origin and History for coined
c.1300, "a wedge," from Old French coing (12c.) "a wedge; stamp; piece of money; corner, angle," from Latin cuneus "a wedge." The die for stamping metal was wedge-shaped, and the English word came to mean "thing stamped, a piece of money" by late 14c. (a sense that already had developed in French). Cf. quoin, which split off from this word 16c. Modern French coin is "corner, angle, nook." Coins were first struck in western Asia Minor in 7c. B.C.E.; Greek tradition and Herodotus credit the Lydians with being first to make and use coins of silver and gold.
"to coin money," mid-14c., from coin (n.). Related: Coined; coining. To coin a phrase is late 16c. A Middle English word for minter was coin-smiter.