'coined' is past tense of 'coin' Is recoined a real word? It is not listed in Oxford dictionary.

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  • Thanks for checking the dictionary before asking here! Even though your dictionary may not list it, "recoin" is in fact a word (and by extension, so is its past tense/past participle "recoined"). My favorite online resource for seeing if a word is listed in dictionaries is OneLook Dictionary Search. You can see that Collins, Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com, among others, have entries for "recoin." – sumelic Aug 28 '16 at 22:09
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    Could you please explain what “real word” means? Otherwise your question cannot be answered because it’s unclear what you’re asking. – tchrist Aug 28 '16 at 22:09
  • Oddly, even though there is an entry for "recoin" in Oxford Dictionaries, it doesn't show up as a OneLook search result. It's true that Oxford Learner's Dictionaries doesn't have an entry for it–is that the dictionary you normally use? – sumelic Aug 28 '16 at 22:11
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    Check the Google Books search results that begin on this page. You'll find that a search for recoined produces something in the vicinity of 170 unique matches in the published (and usually edited) texts included in the Google Books database. – Sven Yargs Aug 28 '16 at 23:40

One test of whether something is a "real" word is whether people use it. If we consult the Ngram viewer, we find this example going back to 1805 from The Works, Political, Metaphysical, and Chronological, of the Late James Steuart, Volume 2, Sir James Steuart, ed.

But it may be found convenient, for removing the small fractions in shillings and sixpences, to recoin such denominations all together, and to put them to their integer numbers,....

English is fairly free in the use of prefixes (re-, un-, etc.) and suffixes (-ness, -ly, etc.), and dictionary makers don't have the space to include every combination of base word and affix.

In this instance, I think you're in good company with Sir James.

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