[ koi-nij ]
/ ˈkɔɪ nɪdʒ /


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


mis·coin·age, nounnon·coin·age, nounre·coin·age, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for coinages

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

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
  • Of these coinages, perhaps those of the second class are most numerous and characteristic.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
  • It would be very interesting to know where the metal or ore for these coinages was procured from.

British Dictionary definitions for coinages

/ (ˈkɔɪnɪdʒ) /


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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