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Meaning of money by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Coins and banknotes – the two most common physical forms of money.


    • IPA: /ˈmʌni/, X-SAMPA: /"mVni/
    • IPA: [ˈmʌn.i], [mʌn̩iː]
    • Rhymes: -ʌni
    • Hyphenation: mon‧ey


    From Middle English moneie, moneye, from Old French moneie ( “money” ), from Latin monēta, from the name of the temple of Juno Moneta in Rome, where a mint was. Displaced native Middle English schat ( “money, treasure” ) ( from Old English sceatt ( “money, treasure, coin” ) ), Middle English feoh ( “money, property” ) ( from Old English feoh ( “money, property, cattle” ) ) .


    money ( usually uncountable; plural: moneys or monies )

    1. A legally or socially binding conceptual contract of entitlement to wealth, void of intrinsic value, payable for all debts and taxes, and regulated in supply .
    2. A generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value .
      Before colonial times cowry shells imported from Mauritius were used as money in Western Africa .
    3. A currency maintained by a state or other entity which can guarantee its value ( such as a monetary union ) .
    4. Hard cash in the form of banknotes and coins, as opposed to cheques/checks, credit cards, or credit more generally .
    5. The total value of liquid assets available for an individual or other economic unit, such as cash and bank deposits .
    6. Wealth
      He was born with money .
    7. An item of value between two parties used for the exchange of goods or services .
    8. A person who funds an operation .
    9. ( as a modifier ) Of or pertaining to money; monetary .
      money supply, money market


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    External links

    • money in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • money in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • money at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of money by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. wealth reckoned in terms of money

    2. all his money is in real estate
    3. the most common medium of exchange

    4. we tried to collect the money he owed us
    5. the official currency issued by a government or national bank

    6. he changed his money into francs

    Definition of money by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Money n.; pl. Moneys [OE. moneie, OF. moneie, F. monnaie, fr. L. moneta. See Mint place where coin is made, Mind, and cf. Moidore, Monetary.]
      1. A piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, etc., coined, or stamped, and issued by the sovereign authority as a medium of exchange in financial transactions between citizens and with government; also, any number of such pieces; coin.

      To prevent such abuses, . . . it has been found necessary . . . to affix a public stamp upon certain quantities of such particular metals, as were in those countries commonly made use of to purchase goods. Hence the origin of coined money, and of those public offices called mints. A. Smith.

      2. Any written or stamped promise, certificate, or order, as a government note, a bank note, a certificate of deposit, etc., which is payable in standard coined money and is lawfully current in lieu of it; in a comprehensive sense, any currency usually and lawfully employed in buying and selling.

      3. Any article used as a medium of payment in financial transactions, such as checks drawn on checking accounts.

      4. ( Economics ) Any form of wealth which affects a person's propensity to spend, such as checking accounts or time deposits in banks, credit accounts, letters of credit, etc. Various aggregates of money in different forms are given different names, such as M-1, the total sum of all currency in circulation plus all money in demand deposit accounts ( checking accounts ).

      ☞ Whatever, among barbarous nations, is used as a medium of effecting exchanges of property, and in the terms of which values are reckoned, as sheep, wampum, copper rings, quills of salt or of gold dust, shovel blades, etc., is, in common language, called their money.

      4. In general, wealth; property; as, “he has much money in land, or in stocks; to make, or lose, money.”

      The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. 1 Tim vi. 10 ( Rev. Ver. ).

      Money bill ( Legislation ), a bill for raising revenue. -- Money broker, a broker who deals in different kinds of money; one who buys and sells bills of exchange; -- called also money changer. -- Money cowrie ( Zool. ), any one of several species of Cypraea ( esp. Cypraea moneta ) formerly much used as money by savage tribes. See Cowrie. -- Money of account, a denomination of value used in keeping accounts, for which there may, or may not, be an equivalent coin; e. g., the mill is a money of account in the United States, but not a coin. -- Money order, an order for the payment of money; specifically, a government order for the payment of money, issued at one post office as payable at another; -- called also postal money order. -- a similar order issued by a bank or other financial institution. -- Money scrivener, a person who procures the loan of money to others. [Eng.] -- Money spider, Money spinner ( Zool. ), a small spider; -- so called as being popularly supposed to indicate that the person upon whom
      it crawls will be fortunate in money matters. -- Money's worth, a fair or full equivalent for the money which is paid. -- A piece of money, a single coin. -- Ready money, money held ready for payment, or actually paid, at the time of a transaction; cash. -- plastic money, credit cards, usually made out of plastic; also called plastic; as, “put it on the plastic”. -- To make money, to gain or acquire money or property; to make a profit in dealings.

    2. Money v. t. To supply with money. [Obs.]