AskDefine | Define greenback

Dictionary Definition

greenback 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, banknote, Federal Reserve note]

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  1. Any bill that is legal tender in the US (originally printed with green and black ink) issued by the Federal Reserve.
  2. A unit of American currency issued during the Civil War by the Treasury Department.

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Extensive Definition

Greenback may refer to:
  • A slang term used for the United States dollar.
  • United States Note, among the first national United States currency, authorized by the Legal Tender Act of 1862. This was government-issued currency, different from the central-bank currency that the United States uses today.
  • United States Greenback Party, an American political party that was active between 1874 and 1884 which advocated government-issued currency.
  • Save the Greenback, U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing employees, and paper and ink suppliers, opposed to phasing out the paper dollar
  • Greenback, Tennessee, a city in Loudon County, Tennessee, United States
  • Celestion G-12, guitar cabinet loudspeakers
  • Greenback cutthroat trout, (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias), the easternmost subspecies of cutthroat trout
  • an alternate name for the Bar jack, or Caranx ruber
  • a surname
greenback in Japanese: 緑背紙幣
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