from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A note issued by a bank representing its promise to pay a specific sum to the bearer on demand and acceptable as money. Also called bank bill.
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He had not at that time one friend to present his poem at court, yet the Queen, notwithstanding this act of ceremony was wanting, in a few days after publication, sent him a bank note of fifty-pounds, by lord North and Guildford; and her permission to write annually on the same subject, and that he should yearly receive the like present, till something better should be done for him.