[ mon-i-ter-ee, muhn- ]
/ ˈmɒn ɪˌtɛr i, ˈmʌn- /


of or relating to the coinage or currency of a country.
of or relating to money; pecuniary: The necklace has sentimental as opposed to monetary value.

Nearby words

  1. monet, claude,
  2. moneta,
  3. moneta, ernesto teodoro,
  4. monetarism,
  5. monetarist,
  6. monetary aggregate,
  7. monetary policy,
  8. monetary unit,
  9. monetise,
  10. monetization

Origin of monetary

From the Late Latin word monētārius, dating back to 1795–1805. See money, -ary

1. See financial.

Related formsmon·e·tar·i·ly [mon-i-tair-uh-lee, muhn-, mon-i-ter-uh-lee, muhn-] /ˌmɒn ɪˈtɛər ə li, ˌmʌn-, ˈmɒn ɪˌtɛr ə li, ˈmʌn-/, adverbnon·mon·e·tar·y, adjectivepre·mon·e·tar·y, adjectiveun·mon·e·tar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nonmonetary


/ (ˈmʌnɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /


of or relating to money or currency
of or relating to monetarisma monetary policy
Derived Formsmonetarily, adverb

Word Origin for monetary

C19: from Late Latin monētārius, from Latin monēta money

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Word Origin and History for nonmonetary



"pertaining to money," 1802, from Late Latin monetarius "pertaining to money," originally "of a mint," from Latin moneta "mint, coinage" (see money). Related: Monetarily.

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