Definition of Greenback

1. Noun. A piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank). "He peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"

Definition of Greenback

1. n. One of the legal tender notes of the United States; -- first issued in 1862, and having the devices on the back printed with green ink, to prevent alterations and counterfeits.

Definition of Greenback

1. Noun. (American English) Any bill that is legal tender in the US (''originally printed with green and black ink'') issued by the Federal Reserve. ¹

2. Noun. The United States dollar. ¹

3. Noun. A unit of American currency issued during the Civil War by the Treasury Department. ¹

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Definition of Greenback

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Greenback

green top
green turtle
green turtle soup
green turtles
green vision
green vitriol
green water
green wave
green waves
green wax
green with envy
green woodpecker
green woodpeckers
greenback (current term)
greenbottle fly

Literary usage of Greenback

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1. Money and Currency in Relation to Industry, Prices and the Rate of Interest by Joseph French Johnson (1905)
"186—Four facts to be taken into account in a study of prices during the greenback period. 187. Demand for the greenback as money during the Civil War. 188. ..."

2. Financial History of the United States by Davis Rich Dewey (1902)
"greenback Party. The question of legal tender should not be dismissed without some further account of the greenback philosophy and its advocacy by political ..."

3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1887)
"Tickets were also placed in nomination by the National-greenback party and by the Prohibitionists. The result of the election was an unexpectedly large ..."

4. Our Money Wars: The Example and Warning of American Finance by Samuel Leavitt (1894)
"Here is what the NY Times said of it:— In short, the greenback organization in the South, ... On October 1, 1878, in consequence of the greenback uproar, ..."

5. John Sherman's Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet by John Sherman (1895)
"DURING this period a party sprang up composed of men of all parties called the greenback party, who favored an increase of United States notes, ..."

6. The Thirty Years' War on Silver: Money Scientifically Treated and Logically by Adolphus Leigh Fitzgerald (1903)
":the quality of tender in the greenback, and with the gold men that it fails to ... Now let us endeavor to analyze the greenback objection: there are five ..."

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