bank·​note ˈbaŋk-ˌnōt How to pronounce banknote (audio)
: a promissory note issued by a bank payable to bearer on demand without interest and acceptable as money

Examples of banknote in a Sentence

the new nation immediately printed up its own banknotes
Recent Examples on the Web Not plastic pennies or a new series of banknotes, but rationing stamps. Vogue, 19 Apr. 2024 All but the smallest businesses would be required to take digital euros, while an accompanying legislative proposal would also ensure businesses still have to keep accepting euro banknotes and coins. Bydavid Meyer, Fortune, 28 June 2023 Nigeria reissues old banknote as cash fiasco threatens to disrupt election The country appears to be largely training medics for the United States, Canada and the UK. Larry Madowo, CNN, 24 Feb. 2023 Some central banks have even taken to selling shredded banknotes as souvenirs. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 Among the features in those U.S. banknotes were, of course, colored threads. David Hamilton, Fortune, 18 July 2023 So some other approach is required to reassemble this area of a banknote. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 X-ray analysis of British paper copies showed the phosphorus and calcium signatures of bone black ink, but Franklin's original banknotes don't have that signature. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 18 July 2023 The tiara is closely associated with the late Queen Elizabeth, who wore the accessory numerous times throughout her 70 years on the throne, including in depictions of her on some British and Commonwealth banknotes and coins. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1695, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of banknote was in 1695

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“Banknote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bank note

: a note issued by a bank that must be paid without interest to anyone presenting it at any time and that may be used as money

Legal Definition

bank note

see note

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