In linguistics, the word formation process of simply creating a new word for one's own purposes. Especially common among coinages are new product names; popular examples include

Coin"age (?), n. [From Coin, v. t., cf. Cuinage.]

1.

The act or process of converting metal into money.

The care of the coinage was committed to the inferior magistrates. Arbuthnot.

2.

Coins; the aggregate coin of a time or place.

3.

The cost or expense of coining money.

4.

The act or process of fabricating or inventing; formation; fabrication; that which is fabricated or forged.

"Unnecessary coinage . . . of words."

Dryden.

This is the very coinage of your brain. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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