- 1coin something to invent a new word or phrase that other people then begin to use The term ‘cardboard city’ was coined to describe communities of homeless people living in cardboard boxes. He was the first to coin the motto ‘Make Love, Not War’.
- 2coin something to make coins out of metal Word Origin Middle English: from Old French coin
- 1used to introduce a well-known expression that you have changed slightly in order to be funny Tasting is believing, to coin a phrase! (= the usual phrase is ‘seeing is believing’).
- 2used to show that you are aware that you are using an expression that is not new Oh well, no news is good news, to coin a phrase.
BrE BrE//kɔɪn//; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coin
BrE BrE//kɔɪn//; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪn//he / she / it coins
BrE BrE//kɔɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪnz//past simple coined
BrE BrE//kɔɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪnd//past participle coined
BrE BrE//kɔɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪnd//-ing form coining
BrE BrE//ˈkɔɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔɪnɪŋ//