Definition of coin in English:

coin

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three languages appear on coins and stamps.’
    • ‘Converted into coins, the money he'd borrowed from his wife nearly filled the pickle jar he balanced precariously on his lap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For this you need a few small coins, such as pennies, several two-inch square pieces of cloth, and thread or small rubber bands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘In the world of trade, it is a common sense that trade and security are two sides of the same coin,’ the official said.’
    • ‘The Ellenor Foundation can turn old mobile phones, used postage stamps, empty toner and ink cartridges and foreign coins and notes into cash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The set includes six gold coins and two 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.’
    piece, bit
    coins, coinage, coin of the realm, small change, silver, copper, coppers, gold
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    1. 1.1Money in the form of coins.
      ‘large amounts of coin and precious metal’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Fisher's day, paper money and token coin were the predominant means of payment.’
      • ‘During the Tang dynasty, for example, the ordinary people traded with low-value copper coin instead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As an agent of the crown, he took foreign coin, old coin, and bullion to the Mint, where it was converted into new currency.’
      • ‘And we can see this one of a lot of coin that we found in the excavation.’
      • ‘People think of money as being note and coin, but in fact note and coin is only 3% of modern money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are simply devaluing further the already debased coin of Irish politics.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2US informal Money.
      ‘he showed me how we could make a lot of coin’
      • ‘Individually, the smokers wouldn't get that much money but the lawyers were going to get huge coin.’
      • ‘That's a lot of coin, even for someone as wealthy as Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune.’
      • ‘You can learn to save some good coin by cashing in on the tireless toil of others.’
      • ‘While that seems like a lot of coin to drop anyways, keep in mind that the fastest Athlon 64s are also going to be in the same price range, if not more.’
      • ‘Six tortured years had been spent fighting before Faremund had finally gained the amount of coin necessary to live a life of relative comfort.’
      • ‘A lot of coin for that tray of mystery meat and Jell-O, wouldn't you say?’
    3. 1.3One of the suits in some tarot packs, corresponding to pentacles in others.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The four Latin suits are swords, batons, cups and coins.’
      • ‘It was the later French adaptation which changed swords to spades, wands to clubs, cups to hearts, and coins to diamonds.’
      • ‘The point is won by whichever team takes more cards of the coins suit (or diamonds if you are using international cards).’
      • ‘In the North East of Lombardy the Italian suits: swords, batons, cups and coins are used.’

verb

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the one who has money sets the rules, it is no wonder that the man who coins money is wealthy.’
    • ‘What was the purpose of coining money that was approximately 25 percent under the weight of its British equivalent?’
    • ‘The Stiefelers coined their own silver money, the deca, and earned a brief mention in Esquire in September 1970.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
  • 2Invent or devise (a new word or phrase)

    ‘he coined the term “desktop publishing.”’
    • ‘Montano had coined the historical punch line, ‘We shall win in the East, we shall win in the West.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other day Greg coined a great concept: ‘When you date someone, you also date their friends.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This strikes me as basically un-Barbelithian, to coin an adjective.’
    • ‘A new word was coined to describe such individuals: ‘cybersquatters.’’
    • ‘The New York Times has coined a new word - gastronauts - in reference to people who plan their vacations around food.’
    • ‘He's played Rick James and Prince, been coining popular catchphrases all season long and has regular folks discussing his show every day.’
    • ‘And by the way, ‘couch potato’ was coined in 1986.’
    • ‘It was Bill Clinton, after all, who coined the eternal slogan for the era of hyperindividualism: ‘It's the economy, stupid.’’
    • ‘Tip O'Neill, the legendary Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is credited with coining the expression ‘All politics is local’.’
    • ‘Tarby went through all of his without coining a single catchphrase.’
    • ‘He is credited with coining the word ‘aerobics ‘when he created it for a chapter in his first book in 1966.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fionan Hanvey and Derek Rowen watched them come and go, eventually coining a nickname for them: the Virgin Prunes.’
    • ‘Some readers correctly pointed out that Fox borrowed the term from others - most proximately the Bush Administration, though it had been coined earlier.’
    • ‘Visionary and inventor Buckminster Fuller coined the phrase ‘Think global, act local’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd like to recommend The Word Spy, a fascinating website that collects recently coined words and phrases from the media.’
    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 or contrasting aspect of a matter.

      • ‘But the other side of the coin, an increased range of cheaper imports, is just as important.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But sentimentality is the other half of cruelty - the other side of the coin.’
      • ‘On the other side of the coin, the cheap debt available to companies will continue to make acquisitions look more attractive.’
      • ‘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, I have been exceptionally positive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • pay someone back in his or her own coin

    • Retaliate with similar behavior.

      • ‘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

    • 1Said ironically when introducing a banal remark or cliché.

      ‘I had to find out the hard way—to coin a phrase’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fixing this is, to coin a phrase, a long, hard slog.’
      • ‘But how do you suddenly rid yourself of all your partisan opinions and become, to coin a phrase, fair and balanced?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sport, to coin a phrase, has become a political football.’
      1. 1.1Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one.
        • ‘Saturday was a funny day in Cork, a day of two halves, to coin a phrase.’
        • ‘In most cases, the proof is - to coin a phrase - in the production.’
        • ‘All you have to do is put the bottle outside the plane for a minute or two, it's minus 45 or something, enough to freeze the nurglers off a predatory puma, to coin a phrase.’
        • ‘It's tough out there and only the paranoid survive, to coin a phrase.’
        • ‘The Church, to coin a phrase, is a gluten for self punishment.’
        • ‘In two fell swoops, to coin a phrase, the credibility of professional rugby in Scotland was heavily boosted last week.’
        • ‘The opening music creeps in on little cat feet, to coin a phrase.’
        • ‘Well, one man's ‘philanthropist’ is another man's Richard Mellon Scaife, to coin a phrase.’
        • ‘Incorporating all of the aspects that you left outside when you were building the house of the self, to coin a phrase.’
        • ‘Without that matter being addressed, there is a danger that frankly, to coin a phrase, the deckchairs around the Titanic control room are being reorganised.’

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

/koin/