coin

If you coin a phrase, that means you come up with a new way to say something, like the person who coined "webizens" to describe people who constantly use the Internet.

The verb coin literally refers to making coins, the change you probably have in your pocket. The word can be used in a broader sense — creating something new, usually something related to language. For example, you could coin a phrase or a new word for “joke.” The language authorities would be proud — unlike federal authorities if you tried to coin money. That kind of coining is a criminal offense.

Definitions of coin
  1. noun
    a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
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    change
    coins of small denomination regarded collectively
    bawbee
    an old Scottish coin of little value
    bezant, bezzant, byzant, solidus
    a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
    denier
    any of various former European coins of different denominations
    ducat
    formerly a gold coin of various European countries
    real
    an old small silver Spanish coin
    piece of eight
    an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales
    shilling
    an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
    crown
    an English coin worth 5 shillings
    half crown
    an English coin worth half a crown
    dime
    a United States coin worth one tenth of a dollar
    nickel
    a United States coin worth one twentieth of a dollar
    quarter
    a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar
    fifty-cent piece, half dollar
    a United States coin worth half of a dollar
    ha'penny, halfpenny
    an English coin worth half a penny
    cent, centime, penny
    a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
    slug
    a counterfeit coin
    tenpence
    a decimal coin worth ten pennies
    tuppence, twopence
    a former United Kingdom silver coin; United Kingdom bronze decimal coin worth two pennies
    threepence
    former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom equal to three pennies
    fourpence, groat
    a former English silver coin worth four pennies
    fivepence
    a coin worth five cents
    sixpence, tanner
    a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970
    eightpence
    a coin worth eight pennies
    ninepence
    a coin worth nine pennies
    dollar
    a United States coin worth one dollar
    double eagle
    a former gold coin in the United States worth 20 dollars
    eagle
    a former gold coin in the United States worth 10 dollars
    half eagle
    a former gold coin in United States worth 5 dollars
    guinea
    a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings
    farthing
    a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny
    doubloon
    a former Spanish gold coin
    louis d'or
    a former French gold coin
    medallion
    any of various large ancient Greek coins
    stater
    any of the various silver or gold coins of ancient Greece
    sou
    a former French coin of low denomination; often used of any small amount of money
    Maundy money
    specially minted silver coins that are distributed by the British sovereign on Maundy Thursday
    copper
    a copper penny
    new penny
    a coin used in Great Britain since 1971 worth one hundredth of a pound
    Susan B Anthony dollar
    a United States coin worth one dollar
    cartwheel, silver dollar
    a dollar made of silver
    type of:
    coinage, metal money, mintage, specie
    coins collectively
  2. verb
    form by stamping, punching, or printing
    “strike coins
    synonyms: mint, strike
  3. verb
    make up
    coin phrases or words”
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    types:
    sloganeer
    coin new slogans
    type of:
    create verbally
    create with or from words
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