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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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 This technique could potentially etch electronic circuits that would act as biodegradable radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for tracking apparel or banknotes. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018 The membrane lasers could be used as wearable IDs or security tags in humans, and are delicate enough to attach to future banknotes or documents. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "These Contacts Let You Shoot Lasers From Your Eyes," 12 May 2018 These sanctions include precious metals, banknotes, shipping, the automotive sector and petroleum. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Iran nuclear deal: What is it?," 10 May 2018 If the bogus bill is checked by a store clerk using a special pen designed to detect counterfeits, it isn't flagged because the bills still are made of actual U.S. banknote paper. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Cornville woman accused of printing counterfeit bills," 7 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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