One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A counter or token used as a gambling chip or to operate slot machines.
token, chip, discView synonyms
- ‘In France the sculptor Germain Pilon was the first Contrôleur Général des Effigies, designing the royal portraits for medals as well as coins and jettons.’
Mid 18th century: from French jeton, from jeter ‘throw, add up accounts’ (see jet); so named because the term was formerly used in accounting.
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