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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And occasionally small finds, some coins; a banknote in a pocket.
▪ Could we produce to our normal high standards as many copies as possible of the enclosed 5 Naira banknote?
▪ The last franc-denominated coin was struck some 18 months ago and the last banknote was printed last May.
▪ The species of tomato they chose to grow in the banknote compost is called money maker.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

banknote \bank"note`\, bank note \bank" note`\(b[a^][ng]k"n[=o]t`).

  1. A promissory note issued by a bank or banking company, payable to the bearer on demand. See also sense 4.

    Note: In the United States popularly called a bank bill.

  2. Formerly, a promissory note made by a banker, or banking company, payable to a specified person at a fixed date; a bank bill. See Bank bill, 2. [Obs.]

  3. A promissory note payable at a bank.

  4. A promissory note issued by an authorized bank, payable to the bearer on demand and intended to circulate as government-authorized money; in the United States such notes may only be issued by a Federal Reserve Bank; as, he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty banknotes.

    Syn: bill, note, government note, bank bill, banker's bill, bank note, Federal Reserve note, greenback.


n. 1 A piece of paper currency. 2 (context historical English) A demand note issued by private banks presumably backed up by gold or silver coin.


n. a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank); "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes" [syn: bill, note, government note, bank bill, banker's bill, bank note, Federal Reserve note, greenback]


A banknote (often known as a bill, paper money, or simply a note) is a type of negotiable instrument known as a promissory note, made by a bank, payable to the bearer on demand. Banknotes were originally issued by commercial banks, who were legally required to redeem the notes for legal tender (usually gold or silver coin) when presented to the chief cashier of the originating bank. These commercial banknotes only traded at face value in the market served by the issuing bank. Commercial banknotes have primarily been replaced by national banknotes issued by central banks.

National banknotes are generally legal tender, meaning that medium of payment is allowed by law or recognized by a legal system to be valid for meeting a financial obligation. Historically, banks sought to ensure that they could always pay customers in coins when they presented banknotes for payment. This practice of "backing" notes with something of substance is the basis for the history of central banks backing their currencies in gold or silver. Today, most national currencies have no backing in precious metals or commodities and have value only by fiat. With the exception of non-circulating high-value or precious metal issues, coins are used for lower valued monetary units, while banknotes are used for higher values.

The idea of using a durable light-weight substance as evidence of a promise to pay a bearer on demand originated in China during the Han Dynasty in 118 BC, and was made of leather. The first known banknote was first developed in China during the Tang and Song dynasties, starting in the 7th century. Its roots were in merchant receipts of deposit during the Tang Dynasty (618–907), as merchants and wholesalers desired to avoid the heavy bulk of copper coinage in large commercial transactions. During the Yuan Dynasty, banknotes were adopted by the Mongol Empire. In Europe, the concept of banknotes was first introduced during the 13th century by travelers such as Marco Polo, with European banknotes appearing in 1661 in Sweden.

Counterfeiting, the forgery of banknotes, is an inherent challenge in issuing currency. It is countered by anticounterfeiting measures in the printing of banknotes. Fighting the counterfeiting of banknotes and cheques has been a principal driver of security printing methods development in recent centuries.

Usage examples of "banknote".

Wishing to pay not only for his own asters but for the whole now unified bouquet, and somewhat bewildered by the look of a currency so rich in zeroes, he drew banknotes from his wallet.

With a sigh of relief he rose to hands and knees and began to gather the fallen banknotes.

Among other matters, Allworthy now acquainted Jones with the discovery which he had made concerning the L500 banknotes.

When Doris returned after the few seconds required to stuff her fist with banknotes, he parted from Cathy to display a stiff erection.

I grasped the banknotes, stuffed them into my pockets, raked in the gold without counting it, and started to leave the Casino.

Then he put away his dagger, made a bundle containing banknotes, gold and silver ingots, two copies of the Sutra in Forty-Two Sections, his kungfu primer, the sleeping potion, and of course the remains of the powder.

Eugene accepted the draft, and received the banknotes in exchange for it.

Having accumulated two large chests of gold coins, precious jewelry and banknotes I was prepared to make certain adjustments in my mode of living.

Then rising to my feet I reached into my pocket and took out the banknotes I had brought for her.

However, he sent her banknotes by post, less than formerly, varying in amounts, but she accepted the fluctuations.

Grumbling to himself, he strolled slowly off in the direction of the other tollbooths, holding the banknote out in front of him, as if it was covered in plague bacteria.

From the camps entire trainloads of gold trinkets, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, silver ingots, louis Wor, gold dollars, and banknotes of every kind and description were shipped back to the SS headquarters inside Germany.

Quickly grabbing the two copies of the Sutra in Forty- Two Sections and a handful of banknotes, he stuffed them into his inside pocket, then blew out the candle and set off.

The eunuchs were too busy chasing banknotes to notice that he had gone.

Those wanderings led him to the prostrate red-light district, where in other times bundles of banknotes had been burned to liven up the revels, and which at that time was a maze of streets more afflicted and miserable than the others, with a few red lights still burning and with deserted dance halls adorned with the remnants of wreaths, where the pale, fat widows of no one, the French great-grandmothers and the Babylonian matri­archs, were still waiting beside their photographs.