follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

greenback

[green-bak] /ˈgrinˌbæk/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; green + back1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for greenbacks
  • By your logic, the existence of counterfeit dollar bills would virtually preclude the existence of real greenbacks.
  • Because oil is traded in dollars, rising prices initially increase the demand for greenbacks.
  • The greenbacks might have been placed there by people who are more generous than yourself.
  • Topics include the silver question and post-war redemption of greenbacks.
  • Urban forest landscapes, how greenery saves greenbacks.
  • Fiat currency- the unsecured paper known as greenbacks-was printed and used to pay the troops and their suppliers.
British Dictionary definitions for greenbacks

greenback

/ˈɡriːnˌbæk/
noun
1.
(US, informal) an inconvertible legal-tender US currency note originally issued during the Civil War in 1862
2.
(US, slang) a dollar bill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for greenbacks

greenback

n.

"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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for greenbacks

greenback

noun

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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for greenback

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for greenbacks

19
0
Scrabble Words With Friends