fiat money

fi·at mon·ey
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fee-aht, -at muhn-ee]
    • /ˈfi ɑt, -æt ˈmʌn i/
    • /ˈfiː.æt ˈmʌni/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fee-aht, -at muhn-ee]
    • /ˈfi ɑt, -æt ˈmʌn i/

Definitions of fiat money words

  • noun fiat money paper currency made legal tender by a fiat of the government, but not based on or convertible into coin. 1
  • noun fiat money money declared by a government to be legal tender though it is not convertible into standard specie 0
  • noun fiat money currency made legal tender by fiat and neither backed by, nor necessarily convertible into, gold or silver 0

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Origin of fiat money

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75

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Parts of speech for Fiat money


fiat money popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fiat money usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fiat money

noun fiat money

  • bill of exchange — (now chiefly in foreign transactions) a document, usually negotiable, containing an instruction to a third party to pay a stated sum of money at a designated future date or on demand
  • cash — Cash is money in the form of notes and coins rather than cheques.
  • negotiable instrument — order or promise to pay money
  • note — a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.

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