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noun,plural mon·eys, mon·ies [muhn-eez]. /ˈmʌn iz/.
  1. any circulating medium of exchange, including coins, paper money, and demand deposits.

  1. 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.

  2. any article or substance used as a medium of exchange, measure of wealth, or means of payment, as checks on demand deposit or cowrie.

  3. a particular form or denomination of currency.

  4. capital to be borrowed, loaned, or invested: mortgage money.

  5. an amount or sum of money: Did you bring some money?

  6. wealth considered in terms of money: She was brought up with money.

  7. moneys. Also monies .Chiefly Law. pecuniary sums.

  8. property considered with reference to its pecuniary value.

  9. 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?

  1. of or relating to capital or finance: the money business.

Idioms about money

  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.

    • having a great deal of money; affluent: You can see he's in the money by all those clothes he buys.

    • first, second, or third place in a contest, especially a horse or dog race.

  1. make money, to make a profit or become rich: You'll never make money as a poet.

  2. on the money, Informal. : Also right on the money.

    • at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.

    • exhibiting or done with great accuracy or expertise: His weather forecasts are always on the money.

  3. 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.

Origin of money

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English moneie, from Middle French, from Latin monēta, after Monēta Moneta, a Roman goddess (often identified with Juno) in whose temple coins were struck; cf. mint2,

Other words for money

Other words from money

  • mon·ey·less, adjective
  • non·mon·ey, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use money in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for money


/ (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

  1. a particular denomination or form of currency: silver money

  2. property or assets with reference to their realizable value

  3. plural moneys or monies formal a pecuniary sum or income

  4. an unspecified amount of paper currency or coins: money to lend

  5. for one's money in one's opinion

  6. in the money informal well-off; rich

  7. money for old rope informal profit obtained by little or no effort

  8. money to burn more money than one needs

  9. one's money's worth full value for the money one has paid for something

  10. put money into to invest money in

  11. put money on to place a bet on

  12. put one's money where one's mouth is See mouth (def. 19)

  1. best, most valuable, or most eagerly anticipated: the money shot; the money note

Origin of money

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

Other words from money

  • Related adjective: pecuniary

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with money


In addition to the idioms beginning with money

  • money burns a hole in one's pocket
  • money is no object
  • money talks
  • money to burn

also see:

  • 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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