Definition of paper money in US English:

paper money


  • Money in the form of banknotes.

    • ‘We must abolish paper money in favor of either NO money or currency of any kind or an equitable system of credits.’
    • ‘Coin collectors do not like nicks and scratches on their coins, and banknote-collectors like their paper money in nice condition.’
    • ‘We are, it would seem, moving from the age of paper money into an era of electronic money.’
    • ‘It's just like paper money, they say, which isn't real or tangible but is backed only by the promises of the government.’
    • ‘He wants that bucket filled with money - not just money but paper money - after it's passed around the crowd.’
    • ‘Georgie opens up a small sack containing gold and silver coins and paper money.’
    • ‘But gold is widely seen as the money that works when paper money doesn't - and inflation erodes the value of money.’
    • ‘The states' economies began to experience hyperinflation as state governments printed paper money to meet war expenditures.’
    • ‘One of the most significant innovations was the bill of exchange, the earliest example of paper money.’
    • ‘The people clapped and smiled, throwing coins and paper money into their cases.’
    • ‘Originally paper money was not regarded as money but merely as a representation of gold.’
    • ‘Polymer banknotes don't wear out as fast as paper money, especially in countries with warm, damp climates.’
    • ‘The bar owner would change all the coins into paper money for us.’
    • ‘She fumbled out a clump of crumpled paper money and one tarnished coin, and handed them to the clerk at the desk.’
    • ‘He designed and engraved the plates for the first paper money in Massachusetts and established the first mill for rolling copper sheets.’
    • ‘Gold also may be helpful during periods of hyperinflation as it can hold its purchasing power much better than paper money during these periods.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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paper money

/ˈpāpər ˈmənē//ˈpeɪpər ˈməni/