[ koi-nij ]
See synonyms for coinage on
  1. the act, process, or right of making coins.

  2. the categories, types, or quantity of coins issued by a nation.

  1. coins collectively; currency.

  2. the act or process of inventing words; neologizing.

  3. an invented or newly created word or phrase: “Ecdysiast” is a coinage of H. L. Mencken.

  4. anything made, invented, or fabricated.

Origin of coinage

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Middle French word coignaige.See coin, -age

Other words from coinage

  • mis·coin·age, noun
  • non·coin·age, noun
  • re·coin·age, noun

Words Nearby coinage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coinage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coinage


/ (ˈkɔɪnɪdʒ) /

  1. coins collectively

  2. the act of striking coins

  1. the currency of a country

  2. the act of inventing something, esp a word or phrase

  3. a newly invented word, phrase, usage, etc

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