green·​back | \ ˈgrēn-ˌbak How to pronounce greenback (audio) \

Definition of greenback

: a legal-tender note issued by the U.S. government

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Examples of greenback in a Sentence

she threw a few greenbacks on the counter to pay for the drinks
Recent Examples on the Web The greenback has been an unsurprising beneficiary of the Federal Reserve’s tightening campaign: Higher interest rates drive flows into U.S. bonds and other dollar assets and out of other currencies. Aaron Back, WSJ, 7 June 2022 The more muscular greenback will make U.S. imports less expensive, thus helping to cool inflation. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The ruble dropped Thursday against the greenback, according to FactSet. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 The common currency posted an even bigger decline against the greenback, falling as much as 1.8% to 1.1106, its lowest level since June 2020. Vassilis Karamanis, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2022 In the past three months, the yuan has lost about 7% of its value against the greenback. Laura He, CNN, 13 May 2022 The greenback’s climb has sent the euro, British pound and Japanese yen tumbling. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Since 1913, when the Fed was created, the greenback has only lost value, and the downslide has accelerated even further in the decades following the end of the gold standard. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Rising interest rates in the U.S. also typically benefit the greenback as higher rates attract yield-seeking investors to the currency. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of greenback

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of greenback was in 1862

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10 Jun 2022

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“Greenback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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