bank·​note | \ˈbaŋk-ˌnōt \

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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The first tranche on August 7 targeted Iran’s ability to purchase or acquire US dollar banknotes, trade in gold and precious metals, and make transactions related to the Iranian rial, the country’s currency. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US will impose new sanctions on Iran next week," 2 Nov. 2018 This will be a sweeping change—even some Scottish banknotes currently use an inset box. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, British pound and Chinese 100-yuan banknotes in a picture illustration. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Why Americans Are Getting Paid to Invest Abroad," 3 May 2018 Mobile payments got a big boost in November 2016 when India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, abruptly announced the withdrawal of high-value banknotes, which made up 86% of the rupees in circulation. The Economist, "India’s digital platforms," 3 May 2018 While the pesos go into his wallet, two other banknotes are stuck to his office window. The Economist, "Trade and the dollarNew research suggests the dollar’s level drives world trade," 1 Mar. 2018 The attorney-general has accused the opposition of wrapping banknotes in freebie T-shirts. The Economist, "Barbados’s mucky election," 24 May 2018 Image: Tor Books Chapter 1: A Duel at the Langham Hotel, 29th October 1938 Rachel White flung the cab door open, tossed the driver a banknote and dived into the rain. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Her portrait engraved on Sweden’s 500-krona banknote since 2016, her name and her Wagnerian identity are still recognized even by many who are relatively unfamiliar with opera. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "Hitting the Right Notes for a Soprano’s Centenary," 16 May 2018

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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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