- 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
Origin of COIN
Examples from the Web for coin
She was gambling on a coin toss where somehow “heads, you win” would have been politically more advantageous than “tails, I lose.”Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater
November 19, 2014
But the other side of the coin would be, inevitably, the flowering of crime and corruption around the gambling business.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
Backstage, a coin toss determined the order for each of the battles.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
July 15, 2014
For much of Hollywood history, stars like Cruise were the coin of the realm; now the industry has stopped minting new models.How Tom Cruise Can Get His Groove Back
June 5, 2014
However, Vladimir Putin has stepped it up and is giving us the opportunity to coin a new phrase connoting residency in crazy town.Some 4 a.m. Brainstorming on How to Make Obama Tougher Than Putin
May 23, 2014
They had best take care he did not pay them in their own coin.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Last of all, there was the explosion, the carrying off of the coin in its canvas sacks to the horses.Way of the Lawless
"I had to coin a name for the place of meeting," he said to Mrs. Roberts afterwards.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He raised the covering hand, and peered at the coin in the gathering gloom.In the Midst of Alarms
What's any of them little haythen been coin' to scare ye, missy?Her Father's Daughter
- 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 coin
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.