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



    BrE BrE//ˈnɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkl//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] (symbol Ni) a chemical element. Nickel is a hard silver-white metal used in making some types of steel and other alloys.
  2. 2 [countable] a coin of the US and Canada worth 5 cents
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: shortening of German Kupfernickel, the copper-coloured ore from which nickel was first obtained, from Kupfer ‘copper’ + Nickel ‘demon’ (with reference to the ore's failure to yield copper).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nickel