Adjective "coin" definition and examples

(Coin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A flat disc or piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money.
  1. 'gold and silver coins'
  2. 'The set includes six gold coins and two silver coins.'
  3. 'For this you need a few small coins, such as pennies, several two-inch square pieces of cloth, and thread or small rubber bands.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'The three languages appear on coins and stamps.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Converted into coins, the money he'd borrowed from his wife nearly filled the pickle jar he balanced precariously on his lap.'
  11. '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.'
  12. 'During the Tang dynasty, for example, the ordinary people traded with low-value copper coin instead.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'In Fisher's day, paper money and token coin were the predominant means of payment.'
  15. 'And we can see this one of a lot of coin that we found in the excavation.'
  16. 'As an agent of the crown, he took foreign coin, old coin, and bullion to the Mint, where it was converted into new currency.'
  17. '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.'
  18. 'It was the later French adaptation which changed swords to spades, wands to clubs, cups to hearts, and coins to diamonds.'
  19. 'The four Latin suits are swords, batons, cups and coins.'


Make (coins) by stamping metal.
  1. 'Since the one who has money sets the rules, it is no wonder that the man who coins money is wealthy.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'What was the purpose of coining money that was approximately 25 percent under the weight of its British equivalent?'
  4. 'From ages past, before the time of the Bible, man has coined metal to be used as money.'
  5. 'the company was coining it in at the rate of £90 a second'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Home care assistant Audrey Sands is using pedal power to help coin in cash for Manorlands hospice.'
  9. 'Volvo, by contrast, is coining money and the arrival of a brand new Focus at the Paris Show should aid Ford's recovery.'
Invent (a new word or phrase)
  1. 'Some readers correctly pointed out that Fox borrowed the term from others - most proximately the Bush Administration, though it had been coined earlier.'
  2. 'The other day Greg coined a great concept: ‘When you date someone, you also date their friends.’'
  3. 'Montano had coined the historical punch line, ‘We shall win in the East, we shall win in the West.’'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'This strikes me as basically un-Barbelithian, to coin an adjective.'
  6. 'Visionary and inventor Buckminster Fuller coined the phrase ‘Think global, act local’.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Tip O'Neill, the legendary Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is credited with coining the expression ‘All politics is local’.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Fionan Hanvey and Derek Rowen watched them come and go, eventually coining a nickname for them: the Virgin Prunes.'

More definitions

1. a piece of metal stamped and issued by the authority of a government for use as money.

2. a number of such pieces.

3. Informal. money; cash: He's got plenty of coin in the bank.

4. Architecture. quoin (defs 1, 2).

5. Archaic. a corner cupboard of the 18th century. adjective

6. operated by, or containing machines operated by, inserting a coin or coins into a slot: a coin laundry. verb (used with object)

7. to make (coinage) by stamping metal: The mint is coining pennies.

More examples(as adjective)

"banks can be coin in places."

"calls can be coin."

"banks can be coin."


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.


the other side of the coin
pay someone back in their own coin
to coin a phrase