paper money


Definition of paper money

1 : money consisting of government notes and banknotes

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Recent Examples on the Web Mills pointed out that interpretation of wire fraud laws changed when transactions moved from paper money to bank account ledgers. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 7 June 2022 Even the relatively youthful trees in Death Valley are older than gunpowder, paper money and the English language. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 In an attempt to discern a central bank digital currency from existing forms of money, the paper defines a CBDC as a digital liability of a central bank that is widely available to the general public and analogous to a digital form of paper money. Christian Kameir, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Townspeople holding artificial trees with paper money as foliage—actual Cambodian riel—paraded past us, celebrating the donations made by the town to maintain the pagoda. Michael Scott Moore, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 That paper money later turned into real money that SadieB could keep. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 The first time that paper money was used in China, more than 1000 years ago, it was also met with confusion and widely condemned. Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 This modern equivalent of financing government by printing paper money is a classic prescription for inflation. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 22 May 2022 During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress issued paper money to fund the war effort. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paper money

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paper money was in 1691

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29 Jul 2022

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“Paper money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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