1. The right or process of making coins.
a. Metal currency.
b. A system of metal currency.
a. A new word or phrase.
b. The invention of new words.
4. Ancestry or social background: "Count Gengler was of common coinage, but in coming to America he took on a royal name" (Jimmy Breslin).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.