currency

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin currentia, from Latin currens, from currō.

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Noun[edit]

currency (countable and uncountable, plural currencies)

  1. Money or other items used to facilitate transactions.
    Wampum was used as a currency by Amerindians.
  2. (more specifically) Paper money.
    • 1943, William Saroyan, The Human Comedy, chapter 3,
      Spangler went through his pockets, coming out with a handful of small coins, one piece of currency and a hard-boiled egg.
  3. The state of being current; general acceptance or recognition.
    The jargon’s currency.
  4. (obsolete) fluency; readiness of utterance
  5. (obsolete) Current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued.
    He [] takes greatness of kingdoms according to their bulk and currency, and not after intrinsic value. — Francis Bacon.
    The bare name of Englishman [] too often gave a transient currency to the worthless and ungrateful. — W. Irving.

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