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[green-bak] /ˈgrinˌbæk/
a U.S. legal-tender note, printed in green on the back since the Civil War, originally issued against the credit of the country and not against gold or silver on deposit.
Origin of greenback
1860-65, Americanism; green + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for greenback
  • But deciding to move money beyond the greenback is easier than figuring out where to go.
  • Possession limits and length requirements apply, and greenback cutthroat trout are catch-and-release only.
  • The threatened greenback cutthroat trout once stared extinction in the face.
  • If their currencies rise too far against the greenback, their exporters will lose out wherever customers pay in dollars.
  • The first was that only the treasury secretary talked at length about the greenback.
  • Since then, however, it has been a steady downward drift for the greenback.
  • The world economy could well benefit from a gradual slide in the greenback.
  • If it sells dollars to buy yen or won, it risks depressing the value of the greenback.
  • But the greenback is not the only currency that counts.
  • They act as a hedge against a depreciating greenback.
British Dictionary definitions for greenback


(US, informal) an inconvertible legal-tender US currency note originally issued during the Civil War in 1862
(US, slang) a dollar bill
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Word Origin and History for greenback

"U.S. dollar bill," 1862, so called from the time of their introduction, from green (adj.) + back (n.); bank paper money printed in green ink had been called this since 1778 (as opposed to redbacks, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for greenback



A dollar bill

[1870+; said to have been coined by Salmon P Chase, who died in 1873]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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