Money is any object
Object may refer to:* Object , a thing, being or concept** Entity, something that is tangible and within the grasp of the senses* As used in object relations theories of psychoanalysis, that to which a subject relates....

 or record that is generally accepted as payment
A payment is the transfer of wealth from one party to another. A payment is usually made in exchange for the provision of goods, services or both, or to fulfill a legal obligation....

 for goods and services
Goods and services
In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility. It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax....

 and repayment of debts in a given country
A country is a region legally identified as a distinct entity in political geography. A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with a previously...

 or socio-economic context. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange
Medium of exchange
A medium of exchange is an intermediary used in trade to avoid the inconveniences of a pure barter system.By contrast, as William Stanley Jevons argued, in a barter system there must be a coincidence of wants before two people can trade – one must want exactly what the other has to offer, when and...

; a unit of account
Unit of account
A unit of account is a standard monetary unit of measurement of value/cost of goods, services, or assets. It is one of three well-known functions of money. It lends meaning to profits, losses, liability, or assets....

; a store of value
Store of value
A recognized form of exchange can be a form of money or currency, a commodity like gold, or financial capital. To act as a store of value, these forms must be able to be saved and retrieved at a later time, and be predictably useful when retrieved....

; and, occasionally in the past, a standard of deferred payment
Standard of deferred payment
A standard of deferred payment is the accepted way, in a given market, to settle a debt – a unit in which debts are denominated. It is one of the defining functions of money; for example, while the gold standard reigned, gold or any currency convertible to gold at a fixed rate constituted such a...

. Any kind of object or secure verifiable record that fulfills these functions can serve as money.

Money originated as commodity money
Commodity money
Commodity money is money whose value comes from a commodity out of which it is made. It is objects that have value in themselves as well as for use as money....

, but nearly all contemporary money systems are based on fiat money
Fiat money
Fiat money is money that has value only because of government regulation or law. The term derives from the Latin fiat, meaning "let it be done", as such money is established by government decree. Where fiat money is used as currency, the term fiat currency is used.Fiat money originated in 11th...


Ploratur lacrimis amissa pecunia veris.

Lost money is wept for with real tears.

Juvenal, Satires 13, v. 134

Crescit amor nummi quantum ipsa pecunia crescit,Et minus hanc optat, qu non habet.

Translation: Increase of wealth increases our desiresAnd hew, who least possesses, least requires.

Alt. Translation: The love of money grows as the money itself grows.

Juvenal, Satires 14, v. 139

Quid faciant leges, ubi sola pecunia regnat?

What power has law where only money rules?

Petronius, Satyricon, Cap. XIV

That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting in the streets.

Eva Longoria Parker|Eva Longoria Parker, Desperate Housewives In response to the claim that money can't buy happiness.

Money, now this has to be some good shit.

Martin Amis, Money, a Suicide Note (1984)