or seign·or·age

[ seen-yer-ij ]
/ ˈsin yər ɪdʒ /


something claimed by a sovereign or superior as a prerogative.
a charge on bullion brought to the mint to be coined.
the difference between the cost of the bullion plus minting expenses and the value as money of the pieces coined, constituting a source of government revenue.

Nearby words

  1. seifert, jaroslav,
  2. seignette's salt,
  3. seigneur,
  4. seigneury,
  5. seignior,
  6. seignioral,
  7. seigniory,
  8. seignorial,
  9. seik,
  10. seilenos

Origin of seigniorage

1400–50; late Middle English seigneurage < Middle French seignorage, seigneurage; see seigneur, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for seigniorage


/ (ˈseɪnjərɪdʒ) /


something claimed by a sovereign or superior as a prerogative, right, or due
a fee payable to a government for coining bullion
the difference in value between the cost of bullion and the face value of the coin made from it
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

Word Origin and History for seigniorage



mid-15c., from Old French seignorage, from seignor (see seignior).

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