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[kur-uh n-see, kuhr-] /ˈkɜr ən si, ˈkʌr-/
noun, plural currencies.
something that is used as a medium of exchange; money.
general acceptance; prevalence; vogue.
a time or period during which something is widely accepted and circulated.
the fact or quality of being widely accepted and circulated from person to person.
circulation, as of coin.
Origin of currency
From the Medieval Latin word currentia, dating back to 1650-60. See current, -ency Unabridged
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noun (pl) -cies
a metal or paper medium of exchange that is in current use in a particular country
general acceptance or circulation; prevalence: the currency of ideas
the period of time during which something is valid, accepted, or in force
the act of being passed from person to person
(Austral) (formerly) the local medium of exchange, esp in the colonies, as distinct from sterling
(Austral, slang)
  1. (formerly) the native-born Australians, as distinct from the British immigrants
  2. (as modifier): a currency lad
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin currentia, literally: a flowing, from Latin currere to run, flow
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Word Origin and History for currency

1650s, "condition of flowing," from Latin currens, present participle of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)); the sense of a flow or course extended 1699 (by John Locke) to "circulation of money."

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currency in Culture

currency definition

Any form of money in actual use as a medium of exchange.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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