the act, process, or right of making coins.
the categories, types, or quantity of coins issued by a nation.
coins collectively; currency.
the act or process of inventing words; neologizing.
an invented or newly created word or phrase: “Ecdysiast” is a coinage of H. L. Mencken.
anything made, invented, or fabricated.

Origin of coinage

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Middle French word coignaige. See coin, -age
Related formsmis·coin·age, nounnon·coin·age, nounre·coin·age, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coinage

cash, change, silver

Examples from the Web for coinage

Contemporary Examples of coinage

Historical Examples of coinage

  • Now a mint was set up in Eden Vale, and the coinage underwent a reform.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Then he has mines of silver and copper, and the King has given him the care of the coinage.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • It was, indeed, a realm where this coinage did not circulate.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • There's many a coinage costlier than ever the mint fashioned; he may requite me thus.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • The money, the coinage, perhaps, is the great reminder after all.

British Dictionary definitions for coinage



coins collectively
the act of striking coins
the currency of a country
the act of inventing something, esp a word or phrase
a newly invented word, phrase, usage, etc
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Word Origin and History for coinage

late 14c., "currency, money," from Old French coignage, from coignier "to coin" (see coin (n.)). Meaning "act or proces of coining money" is from early 15c.; sense "deliberate formation of a new word" is from 1690s, from a general sense of "something invented" (c.1600).

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