Money Definition

Define what is Money?

1. money (noun)

the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender.

  • we tried to collect the money he owed us.

medium of exchange, monetary system noun
anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region.


appropriation noun
money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose.

fund, monetary fund noun
a reserve of money set aside for some purpose.

boodle, simoleons, shekels, pelf, moolah, lucre, lolly, lettuce, kale, clams, dinero, gelt, wampum, dough, loot, cabbage, bread, scratch, sugar noun
informal terms for money.

shinplaster noun
paper money of little value issued on insufficient security.

subsidisation, subsidization noun
money (or other benefits) obtained as a subsidy.

token money noun
coins of regular issue whose face value is greater than their intrinsic value.

2. money (noun)

wealth reckoned in terms of money.

  • all his money is in real estate.

wealth noun
property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value.


big bucks, big money, megabucks, bundle, pile noun
a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit).

3. money (noun)

the official currency issued by a government or national bank.

  • he changed his money into francs.

currency noun
the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used.


sterling noun
British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK.

Nearby Terms

money belt (noun)
belt with a concealed section for holding money

money box (noun)
a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home

money changer (noun)
one whose business is to exchange the money of one country for that of another country

money cowrie (noun)
cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa

money dealer (noun)
a person who receives or invests or pays out money

money handler (noun)
a person who receives or invests or pays out money

money laundering (noun)
concealing the source of illegally gotten money

money market (noun)
a market for short-term debt instruments

money order (noun)
a written order for the payment of a sum to a named individual; obtainable and payable at a post office

money plant (noun)
southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration

money supply (noun)
the total stock of money in the economy; currency held by the public plus money in accounts in banks

money-spinner (noun)
a project that generates a continuous flow of money

moneybag (noun)
a drawstring bag for holding money

moneyed (adjective)
based on or arising from the possession of money or wealth

moneyer (noun)
a skilled worker who coins or stamps money