[kur-uhn-see, kuhr-]
noun, plural currencies.
something that is used as a medium of exchange; money.
general acceptance; prevalence; vogue.
a time or period during which something is widely accepted and circulated.
the fact or quality of being widely accepted and circulated from person to person.
circulation, as of coin.

1650–60; < Medieval Latin currentia. See current, -ency Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
currency (ˈkʌrənsɪ)
n , pl -cies
1.  a metal or paper medium of exchange that is in current use in a particular country
2.  general acceptance or circulation; prevalence: the currency of ideas
3.  the period of time during which something is valid, accepted, or in force
4.  the act of being passed from person to person
5.  (Austral) (formerly) the local medium of exchange, esp in the colonies, as distinct from sterling
6.  slang (Austral)
 a.  (formerly) the native-born Australians, as distinct from the British immigrants
 b.  (as modifier): a currency lad
[C17: from Medieval Latin currentia, literally: a flowing, from Latin currere to run, flow]

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Word Origin & History

1657, "condition of flowing," from L. currentum, pp. of currere "to run" (see current); the sense of a flow or course extended 1699 (by John Locke) to "circulation of money."
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Cultural Dictionary

currency definition

Any form of money in actual use as a medium of exchange.

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Example sentences
Bags of gold, silver, and paper currency arrived here by horse-drawn vans and
  were carted upstairs to the vaults.
But often there is something amiss when a middle-income country has such a rich
The currency of higher education is defined by intellectual objectives.
It can raise suspicions at customs and you'll get ripped off by a currency
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