[kur-uh n-see, kuhr-]

noun, plural cur·ren·cies.

something that is used as a medium of exchange; money.
general acceptance; prevalence; vogue.
a time or period during which something is widely accepted and circulated.
the fact or quality of being widely accepted and circulated from person to person.
circulation, as of coin.

Nearby words

  1. currant bun,
  2. currant jelly clot,
  3. currant tomato,
  4. currantworm,
  5. currawong,
  6. currency bar,
  7. currency bond,
  8. currency note,
  9. currency principle,
  10. current

Origin of currency

From the Medieval Latin word currentia, dating back to 1650–60. See current, -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for currency


noun plural -cies

a metal or paper medium of exchange that is in current use in a particular country
general acceptance or circulation; prevalencethe currency of ideas
the period of time during which something is valid, accepted, or in force
the act of being passed from person to person
Australian (formerly) the local medium of exchange, esp in the colonies, as distinct from sterling
Australian slang
  1. (formerly) the native-born Australians, as distinct from the British immigrants
  2. (as modifier)a currency lad

Word Origin for currency

C17: from Medieval Latin currentia, literally: a flowing, from Latin currere to run, flow

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Word Origin and History for currency



1650s, "condition of flowing," from Latin currens, present participle of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)); the sense of a flow or course extended 1699 (by John Locke) to "circulation of money."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for currency


Any form of money in actual use as a medium of exchange.

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