banknote (plural banknotes)

  1. (now, historical) A promissory note issued by a bank, payable at a given time to a specific beneficiary. [from 17th c.]
    • 1728, John Gay, The Beggar's Opera, I.4:
      Was Captain Macheath here this Morning, for the Bank-notes he left with you last Week?
  2. A piece of paper currency. [from 18th c.]
  • (piece of paper currency) note (commonplace in the United Kingdom and Ireland), bill (more common in the United States and Canada)

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