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[ muhn-ee ]


, plural mon·eys, mon·ies [muhn, -eez].
  1. any circulating medium of exchange, including coins, paper money, and demand deposits.
  2. gold, silver, or other metal in pieces of convenient form stamped by public authority and issued as a medium of exchange and measure of value.

    Synonyms: change, specie, currency, cash, coin

  3. any article or substance used as a medium of exchange, measure of wealth, or means of payment, as checks on demand deposit or cowrie.
  4. a particular form or denomination of currency.
  5. capital to be borrowed, loaned, or invested:

    mortgage money.

  6. an amount or sum of money:

    Did you bring some money?

  7. wealth considered in terms of money:

    She was brought up with money.

  8. moneys. Also monies. Chiefly Law. pecuniary sums.
  9. property considered with reference to its pecuniary value.

    Synonyms: riches, assets, capital, funds, wealth

  10. pecuniary profit:

    not for love or money.


  1. of or relating to money.
  2. used for carrying, keeping, or handling money:

    Have you seen my little money purse?

  3. of or relating to capital or finance:

    the money business.


/ ˈmʌnɪ /


  1. a medium of exchange that functions as legal tender
  2. the official currency, in the form of banknotes, coins, etc, issued by a government or other authority
  3. a particular denomination or form of currency

    silver money

  4. property or assets with reference to their realizable value
  5. formal.
    moneysmonies a pecuniary sum or income
  6. an unspecified amount of paper currency or coins

    money to lend

  7. for one's money
    in one's opinion
  8. in the money informal.
    well-off; rich
  9. money for old rope informal.
    profit obtained by little or no effort
  10. money to burn
    more money than one needs
  11. one's money's worth
    full value for the money one has paid for something
  12. put money into
    to invest money in
  13. put money on
    to place a bet on
  14. put one's money where one's mouth is
    See mouth


  1. best, most valuable, or most eagerly anticipated

    the money shot

    the money note

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Other Words From

  • money·less adjective
  • non·money adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of money1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English moneie, from Middle French, from Latin monēta, after Monēta Moneta ( def ), a Roman goddess (often identified with Juno) in whose temple coins were struck; mint 2,

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Word History and Origins

Origin of money1

C13: from Old French moneie, from Latin monēta coinage; see mint ²

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. for one's money, Informal. with respect to one's opinion, choice, or wish:

    For my money, there's nothing to be gained by waiting.

  2. in the money, Informal.
    1. having a great deal of money; affluent:

      You can see he's in the money by all those clothes he buys.

    2. first, second, or third place in a contest, especially a horse or dog race.
  3. make money, to make a profit or become rich:

    You'll never make money as a poet.

  4. on the money, Informal. Also right on the money.
    1. at just the exact spot or time; on target:

      The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.

    2. exhibiting or done with great accuracy or expertise:

      His weather forecasts are always on the money.

  5. put one's money where one's mouth is, Informal. to prove the truth of one's words by actions or other evidence; demonstrate one's sincerity or integrity:

    Instead of bragging about your beautiful house, put your money where your mouth is and invite us over to see it.

More idioms and phrases containing money

  • coin money
  • color of one's money
  • easy money
  • even money
  • fool and his money are soon parted
  • for one's money
  • funny money
  • get one's money's worth
  • hush money
  • in the money
  • made of money
  • not for love or money
  • on the money
  • pay your money and take your choice
  • pin money
  • pocket money
  • put money on
  • put one's money where one's mouth is
  • rolling in it (money)
  • run for one's money
  • throw good money after bad
  • time is money

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Example Sentences

Combining that with advertisers’ increased upfront cancelation options, the money committed to traditional TV could wind up going to streaming.

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Noonan said his daughters sometimes work from an office in the Phoenix area and are classified as independent contractors, not earning “horrible money” but also not making minimum wage.

Dalio’s $148 billion Bridgewater Associates has run up hefty losses this year, even as rivals have minted money in the topsy-turvy markets.

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They’re also shifting more of their money into value-stock ETFs.

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You can be right, too, whether you choose to take their money or not.

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And Epstein continues to steer money toward universities to advance scientific research.

Speech, in this case, is our ability to spend money on a goofy entertainment.

I suspect [Teresa] will get money sent in to her, so she can shop at the commissary.

If nobody on the outside will send Teresa money, should she learn a prison hustle?

She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.

If Mac had been alone he would have made the post by sundown, for the Mounted Police rode picked horses, the best money could buy.

All the Italian merchants in the realm of France, called money lenders, seized by order of Philip the fair, for their ransoms.

The purchasers found that this claim was not well founded, and sought to recover their money.

He was positive he had seen some one enter the room, go to the chair, and take the money from his pockets.

Then both the partners laughed together—pleasantly and cheerfully, as men who are going to receive money, often do.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.