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This page has 9 definitions of money in English and Middle English. Money is a noun. Examples of how to use money in a sentence are shown. Also define these 18 related words and terms: legally, socially, conceptual, wealth, intrinsic, debts, taxes, currency, cash, banknote, coin, credit card, credit, liquid asset, value, goods, services, and moneye.

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From Middle English moneye, moneie, money, borrowed from Anglo-Norman muneie (money), from Latin monēta (money, a place for coining money, coin, mint), 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 sċeatt (money, treasure, coin)), Middle English feoh (money, property) (from Old English feoh (money, property, cattle), whence English fee). Doublet of mint, ultimately from the same Latin word but through Germanic and Old English, and of manat, through Russian and Azeri or Turkmen.



money (usually uncountable, plural monies or moneys) (plural used only in certain senses)

  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.
    • Wealth definition
      Riches; a great amount of valuable assets or material possessions. (1 of 3 wealth definitions)
  2. A generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
    • 2013 August 10, “Can China clean up fast enough?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      At the same time, it is pouring money into cleaning up the country.
    I cannot take money, that I did not work for.
    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).
    money supply;  money market
  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.
    • Liquid Asset definition
      An asset in the form of money or cash in hand, or an asset which can be quickly converted into cash without losing much value.
  6. Wealth; a person, family or class that possesses wealth
    He was born with money.
    He married money.
  7. An item of value between two or more parties used for the exchange of goods or services.
  8. A person who funds an operation.




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  1. Alternative form of moneye