Definitions for: Money


[n] wealth reckoned in terms of money; "all his money is in real estate"
[n] the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender; "we tried to collect the money he owed us"
[n] the official currency issued by a government or national bank; "he changed his money into francs"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mon"ey, 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.

Note: 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.

3. 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 (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
Cypr[ae]a (esp. C. 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.



Money scrivener, a person who produces the loan of money to
others. [Eng.]

Money spider, Money spinner (Zo["o]l.), 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.

To make money, to gain or acquire money or property; to
make a profit in dealings.


Mon"ey, v. t.
To supply with money. [Obs.]

See Also: appropriation, bread, cabbage, currency, dinero, dough, fund, gelt, kale, loot, lucre, medium of exchange, monetary fund, monetary system, money supply, moolah, pelf, pile, shekels, shinplaster, sterling, subsidisation, subsidization, token money, wealth

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