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

cash, change, silver

Examples from the Web for coinages

Historical Examples of coinages

  • It would be very interesting to know where the metal or ore for these coinages was procured from.

    The Coinages of the Channel Islands

    B. Lowsley

  • Of these coinages, perhaps those of the second class are most numerous and characteristic.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • The spirit of the language appears scarcely less clearly in some of the coinages of the other classes.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for coinages


  1. coins collectively
  2. the act of striking coins
  3. the currency of a country
  4. the act of inventing something, esp a word or phrase
  5. a newly invented word, phrase, usage, etc
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Word Origin and History for coinages



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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