Meaning of COIN in English
/ kɔɪn; NAmE / noun , verb
[ C ] a small flat piece of metal used as money :
a euro coin
[ U ] money made of metal :
notes and coin
see side noun , two
■ verb [ vn ]
to invent a new word or phrase that other people then begin to use :
The term 'cardboard city' was coined to describe communities of homeless people living in cardboard boxes.
to make coins out of metal
- be coining it (in) | be coining money
- to coin a phrase
Middle English : from Old French coin wedge, corner, die, coigner to mint, from Latin cuneus wedge. The original sense was cornerstone , later angle or wedge (senses now spelled quoin); in late Middle English the term denoted a die for stamping money, or a piece of money produced by such a die.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005