bank·​note | \ ˈbaŋk-ˌnōt How to pronounce banknote (audio) \

Definition of banknote

: a promissory note issued by a bank payable to bearer on demand without interest and acceptable as money

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Synonyms for banknote


bill, greenback, note

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Examples of banknote in a Sentence

the new nation immediately printed up its own banknotes

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Before long, the banknotes were trading at more than their value in silver, and Law was made Controller General of Finances, in charge of the entire French economy. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019 The banknotes, being guaranteed by the deposits, were as good as gold money, and rapidly became a generally accepted new currency. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019 The Turing banknote will enter circulation in 2021., "WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Imitation Game,’ to be face of U.K. 50 pound note," 15 July 2019 The design on the reverse of the banknote will feature: A photo of Turing taken in 1951. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new £50 banknote," 15 July 2019 Less than a year later, the Indian government made the unprecedented move to ban large banknotes to curb corruption and boost digital transactions. Saritha Rai,, "The $10-billion surprise hiding inside Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart," 10 July 2019 Unfold the banh nam — flat, rectangular packets the size of a banknote — to reveal a sweet-scented rice dumpling, punched up with a seasoned pork and ground shrimp filling. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Go to Hue Gourmet for Vietnamese cuisine you can't find anywhere else in metro Phoenix," 10 July 2019 The resulting iconography of the euro banknote and the common side of the euro coin, Dr. Oriane Calligaro notes in her monograph Negotiating Europe. Gail Fletcher, National Geographic, "See what Europe’s coins looked like before the euro," 28 June 2019 For all their mitigating efforts, the new banknotes are already facing their first challenge in court. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Kenya is introducing new banknotes in a bid to fight corruption," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of banknote

1695, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of banknote

: a piece of paper money

bank note

Legal Definition of bank note

see note

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