Meaning of COIN in English


I. coin 1 S3 /kɔɪn/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: 'three-sided piece, corner' , from Latin cuneus ; ⇨ ↑ cuneiform ]

1 . [countable] a piece of metal, usually flat and round, that is used as money ⇨ bill , note

2 . toss/flip a coin to choose or decide something by throwing a coin into the air and guessing which side of it will show when it falls:

Toss a coin to see who goes first.

3 . the other/opposite side of the coin a different or opposite way of thinking about something:

Making the rules is only part of it. How the rules are carried out is the other side of the coin.

4 . two sides of the same coin two problems or situations that are so closely connected that they are really just two parts of the same thing:

Great opportunity and great danger are two sides of the same coin.

5 . [uncountable] money in the form of metal coins

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▪ money what you use to buy things, in the form of notes or coins:

He spent all his money on computer equipment.

▪ cash money in the form of coins and notes:

I didn’t have any cash with me.

▪ currency the money used in a particular country:

The dollar gained in value against other currencies.


a single European currency

▪ change money in the form of coins of low value:

Do you have any small change?


a pocketful of loose change

▪ note British English , bill American English a piece of paper money:

a £20 note


a $5 bill

▪ coin a flat round piece of metal used as money:

She put some coins in the parking meter.


He took a coin out of his pocket.

▪ a ten-pence/50-cent etc piece a coin worth a particular amount

II. coin 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to invent a new word or expression, especially one that many people start to use:

The word ‘aromatherapy’ was coined in the 1920s.

2 . to coin a phrase spoken said in a joking way when you use a very common expression, to show that you know it is used a lot:

He’d thought the flight would never – to coin a phrase – get off the ground.

3 . coin money/coin it (in) British English informal to earn a lot of money very quickly:

BT at its profitable peak was coining it at the rate of £90 a second.

4 . to make pieces of money from metal

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.