Definition of coin in English:

coin

noun

  • 1A flat disc or piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money.

    ‘she opened her purse and took out a coin’
    ‘gold and silver coins’
    • ‘Stories had long held that the captain carried such a coin as a good-luck piece after it had saved him from death by a bullet.’
    • ‘Indeed, the occasional coin and piece of pottery on sites in these areas may indicate collection of objects by locals from abandoned fort sites rather than trade.’
    • ‘Though it has little tangible value in the physical sense beyond the paper it is printed on or metal the coin is made from, cash has a very real value in the commercial world.’
    • ‘Sometimes a franc or a gold piece is put into the cake, and the person receiving the piece which contains the coin, is supposed to be going to have a lucky year.’
    • ‘The set includes six gold coins and two silver coins.’
    • ‘For this you need a few small coins, such as pennies, several two-inch square pieces of cloth, and thread or small rubber bands.’
    • ‘Five weeks later, he had scooped hundreds of tarnished silver coins and pieces of scrap out of the ground, along with the rotting remains of the leather bag that had contained them.’
    • ‘Brian Malin, aged 30, a factory supervisor, dug up the coin while metal detecting in a field 10 miles from Oxford one evening last April.’
    • ‘Converted into coins, the money he'd borrowed from his wife nearly filled the pickle jar he balanced precariously on his lap.’
    • ‘Also a numismatist, he has a vast collection of stamps and coins from almost all countries, and his name figures in the Limca Book of Records.’
    • ‘The Ellenor Foundation can turn old mobile phones, used postage stamps, empty toner and ink cartridges and foreign coins and notes into cash.’
    • ‘If you do not wish to spend this kind of money for the coins, the four stamps can be bought for 50 baht in unused condition.’
    • ‘I don't collect anything now but I used to collect coins and stamps.’
    • ‘Before it can be counted the next job will be to clean and separate the cash, as some of the metals have corroded and coins have stuck together.’
    • ‘Folklore says you can test a piece of fish for ciguatera by seeing if a silver coin placed on it turns black, or if a sweet potato boiled with it changes color.’
    • ‘As he was speaking he drew from his pocket a gold coin, a twenty-krone piece, and placed it on the table at which I sat.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman said one person was arrested on suspicion of throwing a coin at a match official and another was arrested on suspicion of hurling a bottle.’
    • ‘One New Year's tradition is to hide a silver coin in the dough of a special bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.’
    • ‘The three languages appear on coins and stamps.’
    • ‘‘In the world of trade, it is a common sense that trade and security are two sides of the same coin,’ the official said.’
    piece, bit
    coins, coinage, coin of the realm, small change, silver, copper, coppers, gold
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Money in the form of coins.
      ‘large amounts of coin and precious metal’
      • ‘When players decide to cash out, they can receive it in coin or in the form of a ticket with the amount encoded on it.’
      • ‘People think of money as being note and coin, but in fact note and coin is only 3% of modern money.’
      • ‘During the Tang dynasty, for example, the ordinary people traded with low-value copper coin instead.’
      • ‘I then proceeded carefully to count out the entire 14 pounds 78 pence in coin, rummaging in the depths of my coin-purse to retrieve the whole sum.’
      • ‘In Fisher's day, paper money and token coin were the predominant means of payment.’
      • ‘As an agent of the crown, he took foreign coin, old coin, and bullion to the Mint, where it was converted into new currency.’
      • ‘These taxes were collected in coin from the burghs and fresh coin was minted 3 times a year in 60 royal mints arranged throughout the country.’
      • ‘The Viking mercenaries were probably drawn from Dublin and paid in silver in the form of coin or hack-silver, for there were no major Scandinavian settlements in Wales.’
      • ‘They are simply devaluing further the already debased coin of Irish politics.’
      • ‘And we can see this one of a lot of coin that we found in the excavation.’
    2. 1.2One of the suits in some tarot packs, corresponding to pentacles in others.
      • ‘The four Latin suits are swords, batons, cups and coins.’
      • ‘The point is won by whichever team takes more cards of the coins suit (or diamonds if you are using international cards).’
      • ‘You could have the suits as modern equivalents of the suit symbols, for coins you could have credit cards, cups cans of soft drinks or lattes, wands keys, swords mobile phones or pens.’
      • ‘In the North East of Lombardy the Italian suits: swords, batons, cups and coins are used.’
      • ‘It was the later French adaptation which changed swords to spades, wands to clubs, cups to hearts, and coins to diamonds.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (coins) by stamping metal.

    ‘guineas and half-guineas were coined’
    • ‘The Stiefelers coined their own silver money, the deca, and earned a brief mention in Esquire in September 1970.’
    • ‘The Romans encouraged this situation by infusing coined money into provincial agrarian economies, which in turn led to money loans and further debt.’
    • ‘As a member of the nobility, he had certain rights and responsibilities: he could raise troops and command them in the field, he held his own courts of justice, he could coined his own money.’
    • ‘It invoked the death penalty for anyone debasing money and provided for a U.S. Mint where silver dollars were coined along with gold coins beginning in 1794.’
    • ‘What was the purpose of coining money that was approximately 25 percent under the weight of its British equivalent?’
    • ‘Since the one who has money sets the rules, it is no wonder that the man who coins money is wealthy.’
    mint, stamp, stamp out, strike, cast, punch, die, mould, forge, make, manufacture, produce
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    1. 1.1Make (metal) into coins.
      • ‘Much German silver taken to England to pay for wool was then coined.’
      • ‘From ages past, before the time of the Bible, man has coined metal to be used as money.’
    2. 1.2British informal Earn a lot of (money) quickly and easily.
      ‘the company was coining it in at the rate of £90 a second’
      • ‘A perfect excuse for card manufacturers and florists to coin it in, while every greasy spoon in town has a rose as a centre piece and a heart shaped toastie paying homage to love.’
      • ‘Having ditched all that electrical equipment all those years ago he is coining it at the helm of the new folk movement of nice middle class young people who can really relate to the poor, the dispossessed and the colored folks.’
      • ‘He coined sufficient cash working as Rameses II, circus escape artiste, to secure the plot on Eel Pie for £10,000 in 1971 and build his house for another 10k.’
      • ‘Volvo, by contrast, is coining money and the arrival of a brand new Focus at the Paris Show should aid Ford's recovery.’
      • ‘If Miss Miles was by Charlotte Brontë, there was no reason on earth for not proclaiming the fact to the skies and coining money from it.’
      • ‘Part of it is no doubt the fact that he is coining it by hawking mass-produced herbal remedies to the credulous and stupid (but is this righteous anger or jealousy?’
      • ‘Compared with a nurse or a midwife, who get about 85p an hour for round-the-clock cover, doctors are coining it.’
      • ‘The shareholders of Carlton and Granada could have been coining it from movies and old comedies.’
      • ‘Home care assistant Audrey Sands is using pedal power to help coin in cash for Manorlands hospice.’
  • 2Invent (a new word or phrase)

    ‘he coined the term ‘desktop publishing’’
    • ‘I'd like to recommend The Word Spy, a fascinating website that collects recently coined words and phrases from the media.’
    • ‘Known for his penchant for coining apt words and phrases, Tukey is credited with inventing the word bit (binary digit) in 1946, and he was responsible for the first use of several terms in mathematical statistics.’
    • ‘Visionary and inventor Buckminster Fuller coined the phrase ‘Think global, act local’.’
    • ‘The New York Times has coined a new word - gastronauts - in reference to people who plan their vacations around food.’
    • ‘Some readers correctly pointed out that Fox borrowed the term from others - most proximately the Bush Administration, though it had been coined earlier.’
    • ‘A new word was coined to describe such individuals: ‘cybersquatters.’’
    • ‘Tip O'Neill, the legendary Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is credited with coining the expression ‘All politics is local’.’
    • ‘He even referred to a light bulb joke - but in fact, if I look back, I find that the joke he probably meant to tell involves tigers and was coined by a Japanese wood manufacturer.’
    • ‘And by the way, ‘couch potato’ was coined in 1986.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this is one situation that precisely fits what Orwell was thinking of when he coined the idea ‘Newspeak’, as Jonas notes on his blog.’
    • ‘The term was originally coined by StorageTek to describe the process of moving data from online to in-line to near-line to archive, and back again.’
    • ‘Fionan Hanvey and Derek Rowen watched them come and go, eventually coining a nickname for them: the Virgin Prunes.’
    • ‘It was Bill Clinton, after all, who coined the eternal slogan for the era of hyperindividualism: ‘It's the economy, stupid.’’
    • ‘This strikes me as basically un-Barbelithian, to coin an adjective.’
    • ‘He's played Rick James and Prince, been coining popular catchphrases all season long and has regular folks discussing his show every day.’
    • ‘He is credited with coining the word ‘aerobics ‘when he created it for a chapter in his first book in 1966.’’
    • ‘Montano had coined the historical punch line, ‘We shall win in the East, we shall win in the West.’’
    • ‘Tarby went through all of his without coining a single catchphrase.’
    • ‘Outside of the academy, Nye is best known for coining the phrase ‘soft power’ to describe the attractive force that the United States' economic and cultural success has on other nations.’
    • ‘The other day Greg coined a great concept: ‘When you date someone, you also date their friends.’’
    invent, create, make up, devise, conceive, originate, think up, dream up, formulate, fabricate
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Phrases

  • the other side of the coin

    • The opposite aspect of a matter.

      ‘many jobs have been lost, but the other side of the coin is that firms may now be hiring more workers’
      • ‘On the other side of the coin, I have been exceptionally positive.’
      • ‘But sentimentality is the other half of cruelty - the other side of the coin.’
      • ‘On the other side of the coin, arts and cultural organizations spent $40.3 million on goods and services.’
      • ‘On the other side of the coin, cereal growers are receiving much-improved grain and oilseed prices as a result of a good harvest and a weakening of the pound against the euro.’
      • ‘But the other side of the coin, an increased range of cheaper imports, is just as important.’
      • ‘I saw this as a good thing; they get to see the other side of the coin, what it's like for their victims when all is taken from them.’
      • ‘On the other side of the coin, the cheap debt available to companies will continue to make acquisitions look more attractive.’
      • ‘Well, the other side of the coin, of course, is that if you do not pursue them, sometimes you can be criticised for not doing your job properly.’
      • ‘On the other side of the coin, credit must go to whoever is responsible for ensuring the approach roads to the factory are kept clear.’
      • ‘However, on the other side of the coin, nurses are subjected on a daily basis to abuse, both verbal and often physical, more so in the A and E department.’
  • pay someone back in their own coin

    • Retaliate by similar behaviour.

      ‘paying Diane back in her own coin always seemed to backfire’
      • ‘Worrell knew very well why Buller had been picked and decided to pay them back in their own coin.’
      fight back, strike back, hit back, respond, react, reply, reciprocate, counterattack, return fire, return the compliment, put up a fight, take the bait, rise to the bait, return like for like, get back at someone, get, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, let someone see how it feels, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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  • to coin a phrase

    • Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one, or ironically to show one's awareness that one is using a hackneyed expression.

      ‘she was, to coin a phrase, swept off her feet’
      • ‘Since the dissimilarities between Communism and Conservatism could not be greater; what would be the result, if they were, to coin a phrase, ‘shaken, not stirred’, together.’
      • ‘A couple of years ago I gave a paper to the No 10 Policy Unit on choice, and how the government was, to coin a phrase, talking the talk but not walking the walk.’
      • ‘It is clear that at one level the British and Irish Lions are a huge money-making machine that is of almost inconceivable value to whoever they happen to be visiting, but Feehan insists that, to coin a phrase, it isn't about the money.’
      • ‘Sport, to coin a phrase, has become a political football.’
      • ‘The grounds of Ballybeggan Park was the venue for one of the fun events of the year and, to coin a phrase, a great night was had by all.’
      • ‘But how do you suddenly rid yourself of all your partisan opinions and become, to coin a phrase, fair and balanced?’
      • ‘He is, to coin a phrase, a bankable proposition.’
      • ‘Her latest book, A Life On The Wolds (Ridings Publishing, £5.50) is, to coin a phrase, an every day tale of country folk.’
      • ‘It really is poor, isn't it: the BBC imagining that lavish costumes and period detail will substitute for innovation or, to coin a phrase, relevance, but even at its worst still streets ahead of ITV's lacklustre efforts.’
      • ‘Fixing this is, to coin a phrase, a long, hard slog.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

coin

/kɔɪn/