Seigniorage Definition

sānyər-ĭj
noun
Something claimed or taken by a sovereign or other superior as his or her just right or due.
Webster's New World
A government revenue that is the difference between the face value of coins and the costs of their mintage.
Webster's New World

(historical) All the revenue obtained by a feudal lord from his vassals.

Wiktionary

(finance) The revenue obtained by the difference between interest earned on securities acquired in exchange for bank notes and the costs of producing and distributing those notes.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Seigniorage

Noun

Singular:
seigniorage
Plural:
seigniorages

Origin of Seigniorage

  • Middle English seigneurage from Old French from seignor seignior seignior

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French seignorage.

    From Wiktionary

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