Currency is the paper and coin money that a country uses to conduct business. The United States uses a currency that's made up of dollars, quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies.

Just about every country has its own currency — the money its people use to pay for their groceries, clothes, and other goods. Paper currency in the United States is all green and can confuse people who use bills with different colors for different denominations. In addition to describing a country's monetary system, currency means something that is accepted or used. The slang word "daddy-o" was the currency in the 1950s, but people who say it today can expect to receive strange looks.

Primary Meanings of currency

the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used
the property of belonging to the present time
general acceptance or use
Full Definitions of currency

n the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used

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the official currency issued by a government or national bank
currency of the major financial and industrial countries held in those countries for the purpose of lending and borrowing
cash, hard cash, hard currency
money in the form of bills or coins
hard currency
a currency that is not likely to depreciate suddenly in value
folding money, paper currency, paper money
currency issued by a government or central bank and consisting of printed paper that can circulate as a substitute for specie
coinage, metal money, mintage, specie
coins collectively
British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK
fractional currency
paper currency in denominations less than the basic monetary unit
money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
chickenfeed, chump change, small change
a trifling sum of money
a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
fiat money
money that the government declares to be legal tender although it cannot be converted into standard specie
Federal Reserve note, bank bill, bank note, banker's bill, banknote, bill, government note, greenback, note
a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
pin money, pocket money, spending money
cash for day-to-day spending on incidental expenses
cold cash, ready cash, ready money
money in the form of cash that is readily available
a United States dollar deposited in a European bank and used as an international currency to finance trade
Type of:
medium of exchange, monetary system
anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region

n the property of belonging to the present time

“the currency of a slang term”
currentness, up-to-dateness
contemporaneity, contemporaneousness, modernism, modernity, modernness
the quality of being current or of the present
Type of:
nowness, presentness
the quality of being the present

n general acceptance or use

“the currency of ideas”
Type of:
the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread

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