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[koi-nij] /ˈkɔɪ nɪdʒ/
the act, process, or right of making coins.
the categories, types, or quantity of coins issued by a nation.
coins collectively; currency.
the act or process of inventing words; neologizing.
an invented or newly created word or phrase:
“Ecdysiast” is a coinage of H. L. Mencken.
anything made, invented, or fabricated.
Origin of coinage
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French coignaige. See coin, -age
Related forms
miscoinage, noun
noncoinage, noun
recoinage, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coinage
  • When a lack of money began to make itself felt, he printed and circulated a paper coinage of his own.
  • Money has always followed security and authority because coinage is more efficient.
  • Their more positive impacts included the introduction of trade, shipbuilding, and coinage.
  • And speaking of letting us, a final spell check coinage to celebrate has already been snatched away.
  • Alloys of gold with copper are a reddish yellow and are used for coinage and jewelry.
  • Those metals seem originally to have been made use of for this purpose in rude bars, without any stamp or coinage.
  • When the latter becomes one of the former, a new word will fill its place, by further shift or by coinage.
  • But that was not the only reason the coinage was unwise.
  • Ironically, there's no similar limit on the amount of coinage.
  • Somewhat ironically, the perceived long-term value of the colonial coinage has risen above that of the new coinage.
British Dictionary definitions for coinage


coins collectively
the act of striking coins
the currency of a country
the act of inventing something, esp a word or phrase
a newly invented word, phrase, usage, etc
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Word Origin and History for coinage

late 14c., "currency, money," from Old French coignage, from coignier "to coin" (see coin (n.)). Meaning "act or proces of coining money" is from early 15c.; sense "deliberate formation of a new word" is from 1690s, from a general sense of "something invented" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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