Definition of coin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɔɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪn//
    Cost and payment
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  1. 1  [countable] a small flat piece of metal used as money a euro coin See related entries: Cost and payment
  2. 2[uncountable] money made of metal notes and coin
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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.Extra examples The first English gold coin was struck in 1255. The last silver coins were minted in 1964. They flipped/​tossed a coin to see who should go first. Very few old 5p coins are still in circulation. What is the probability of the coin landing heads? coins jingling in his pocketsIdioms
    the other side of the coin
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    the aspect of a situation that is the opposite of or contrasts with the one you have been talking about
    two sides of the same coin
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    used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situation
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