Meaning of COIN in English


I. ˈkȯin noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English coyne, from Middle French coing, coin wedge, stamp, corner, from Latin cuneus wedge; perhaps akin to Latin culex gnat — more at culex


a. archaic : corner , cornerstone , quoin

b. archaic : a wedge used for blocking, securing, or tightening

c. : a small corner cupboard especially of the 18th century

2. obsolete : the stamped device or impress on coined money

3. : a piece of metal or rarely of some other material (as leather or porcelain) certified by a mark or marks upon it as being of a specific intrinsic or exchange value ; specifically : such a piece issued by governmental authority to circulate as lawful money — see minor coin , standard coin , subsidiary coin , token , token coin

4. : something accepted as having value or validity

perhaps wisecracks … are respectable literary coin in the U.S. — Times Literary Supplement

: something given or offered in an exchange

too much softened … to answer his obstinacy in like coin — J.C.Powys

specifically : a unit (as an expression or idea) of intellectual or social exchange

they exchanged a few small coins of country talk — Mollie Panter-Downes

5. slang : money

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English coynen, from Middle French coignier, from coin, coing, n.


a. : to make (a coin) by stamping the design onto the planchet

coin pennies

: convert (metal) into coins

coin silver

b. : to make (a coin) by any process or series of processes : mint , strike

coin dimes

: manufacture or issue (money) in the form of coins

c. : to shape (a piece of metal) in a mold or die by applying great pressure

2. : to make up or invent (something false or spurious)

coin smile and fair words

3. : create , invent

coin a phrase

4. : to make money out of

coin your brains

: convert into something valuable

coin his talent into verses

5. : to make or earn (money) rapidly and in large quantity

coined a small fortune … in the real estate boom — Irving Dilliard

III. adjective

1. : of or relating to coins

a coin show

2. : operated by coins

a coin laundry

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.