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Definition of Coin

(verb) To invent a new word or phrase; make up; originate.

Examples of Coin

Coin Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • The idiom “to coin a phrase” comes from this term.
  • You can also coin something by using it in a particular way for the first time.
  • A sociolinguist studies the coining of words.
  • A (noun) coiner (verb) coins a new word.

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Cite the Definition of Coin

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “coin.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/coin/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

coin. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/coin/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “coin.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/coin/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“coin.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/coin/>.